Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of nearly 73 years, is dead.
Buckingham Palace has gone on to issue a statement: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty, The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
The statement continues: “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, she became Queen in 1952, and he has been a Prince of the UK since 1957.
Philip was born in Greece into the Greek and Danish royal families He was raised all over Europe but joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 18. He served in WWII, and eventually rose to rank of commander until he retired from military service.
He retired from his official royal duties in August 2017 at the age of 96 after 65 years of service.
He has had major health issues recently, including heart issues that saw him hospitalised in February.
In January of 2019 he was involved in a car crash while he was driving but came out unhurt. He decided to turn in his license, saying he would never drive again, at the age of 97.
The Prince had mostly been secluded as of late, as the Queen. It has not necessarily been for direct health issues but due to the recent safety precautions regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Philip was at-risk as an elderly person with compromising chronic conditions.
Although he later joined the Queen for Christmas last year, he spent part of his December in the hospital.
Philip is survived by the Queen his wife, 4 children (Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward), 8 grandchildren (including Prince William and Prince Harry), and 8 great-grandchildren, including the youngest heir to the throne, Prince George.
He was the oldest-ever male British Royal at 99.
Rest in Peace, Sir.