PRINCE Philip has sadly died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced today.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years and described as her constant strength, passed away peacefully this morning, the Royal Family said in a statement.
Two weeks later, he was transferred to St Bart’s Hospital for further treatment for an infection and a heart condition.
Buckingham Palace then announced on Tuesday, March 16 he had been released from hospital and was in “good spirits” and “comfortable”.
Philip dedicated his life to the Queen and royal duty and died just months before his 100th birthday in June this year.
His death comes amid a turmoil-filled 12 months for the royals after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit the royal family.
Prince Philip has been one of the hardest working royals in history – since 1952 he attended 22,219 solo engagements and 637 overseas tours in a career marked by his famous gaffes, wit and wisdom.
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The Sun wrote last month about the much-loved ‘Iron Duke‘, after he returned home to the Queen following his longest hospital stay.
Ingrid Seward, Prince Philip’s biographer, said: “The extraordinary thing about the Duke of Edinburgh is he has enormous willpower which has helped him throughout his life.
“It’s helped him overcome all obstacles. He knows a lot has gone on while he has been in hospital and he has to stay fit for the Queen.
“They have a lot to talk about. But he has been the epitome of ‘put up, shut up and get on with it’.
“The duke will be looking forward to supporting the Queen right now and be right there beside her for her 95th birthday and his 100th in June. But from his point of view the least he can get away with on his birthday the better as he won’t want any fuss.”
PRINCE PHILIP DIES AFTER FOUR-WEEK STAY IN HOSPITAL
Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, had left a London hospital after a four-week stay for treatment for an infection and to have a heart procedure.
He was taken to a waiting car in a wheelchair and returned to Windsor Castle to rejoin his wife, waving to those outside as he arrived.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement at the time, in which the duke thanked the medical staff and all those who had sent their good wishes.
A royal source said the prince was in good spirits.
Both the Queen and Philip had received Covid jabs.
Prince Philip waved to well-wishers after being discharged from hospital
DUKE OF EDINBURGH DIES TWO MONTHS BEFORE 100TH BIRTHDAY
Prince Philip was father to the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
He was just two months away from his 100th birthday in June.
The royal had spent much of the Covid-19 crisis staying with the Queen at Windsor in HMS Bubble – the nickname given to the couple’s reduced household of devoted staff during lockdown.
PRINCE PHILIP HAD ONLY RECENTLY LEFT HOSPITAL
Prince Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on March 16, to be reunited with the Queen after spending a month in hospital – his longest ever stay.
He initially received care for an infection but then underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.
The duke had looked gaunt as he was driven away from King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London, having been pushed in a wheelchair to the waiting car.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH DIES AMID COVID CRISIS IN UK
The death of the duke comes in the midst of the worst public health crisis for generations as the UK and countries around the globe reel from the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Press Association.
It has also taken place in the aftermath of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, which left the monarchy in crisis after Meghan accused an unnamed royal of racism and the institution of failing to help her when she was suicidal.
QUEEN ‘ANNOUNCES DEATH OF BELOVED HUSBAND’
The Palace said today in 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.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“Further announcements will made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH HAS DIED, BUCKINGHAM PALACE ANNOUNCES
The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.
The duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.
He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.
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