Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

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The passing of the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip, at the age of 99, has been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

The news was shared through various channels, stating: "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. 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."

Born in Greece on June 10, 1921, he was born into both the Greek and Danish Royal families.

At only 18 months old and with the Greek royal family overthrown, his family was exiled. The Duke’s education would occur in France, Germany and the UK, after which he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939.

He served in the Second World War on both the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets. It was close to this time that he began communicating with Elizabeth. After the war, he was granted permission by King George IV to marry Elizabeth, relinquishing both his Greek and Danish titles. He would marry Queen Elizabeth on 20 November 1947.

He became the world’s longest serving consort and his death sees the passing of one the most significant members of the British monarchy. He had been married to the Queen for 73 years and she had described him as her “strength and stay”.

His outdoor initiatives such as the Duke of Edinburgh have been credited for providing an innumerable number of youth with a platform to develop essential skills and foster early leadership potential.

He carried out thousands of public engagements both in the UK and around the world while playing a helping hand in the betterment of a number of organisations. He remained involved with nearly 800 charities and bodies ahead of his retirement.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, he had been in isolation with the Queen at Windsor Castle, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland or Wood Farm at Sandringham since of last year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has praised his ‘steadfast support’ of the Queen and many have expressed their sadness at the news.


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