Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died this morning, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99 years old.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace announced in a statement. “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.”
The news arrives nearly a month after Prince Philip spent weeks in the hospital and even underwent surgery for a heart condition. He would have turned 100 on June 10.
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, Philip was born in Corfu, Greece, in 1921. The following year his uncle, the King of Greece, was forced the abdicate the throne. Philip’s father was accused of treason and exiled, and the family fled for France, where they lived for a decade, according to Town & Country. He later became a naturalized British citizen after serving in the Royal Navy. He renounced his Greek and Danish titles, and adopted the surname Mountbatten from his grandparents upon his royal engagement in 1947.
Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth married on November 20, 1947. They met at a wedding—of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark and Prince George, Duke of Kent—in 1934, according to the royal website, but met again at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939, where they reportedly fell in love. The couple celebrated their own 70th wedding anniversary three years ago.
They welcomed a son, Prince Charles, in 1948 and a daughter, Princess Anne, in 1950. On February 6, 1952, then Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne to become Queen Elizabeth II following the death of her father, King George VI.
Philip renounced his Greek royal titles before marrying Elizabeth, but a decade after tying the knot, the queen officially named him a British prince. In 1957, his formal title became His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He and the sovereign welcomed their third child, Prince Andrew, in 1960, and their fourth, Prince Edward, in 1964.
Since the queen’s ascension, Philip conducted more than 22,000 solo engagements, made 637 visits overseas, gave upward of 5,400 speeches, became patron of 785 charities, and wrote 14 books before retiring from public duties in August 2017, according to CNN.
Philip is survived by his wife, Elizabeth II; their four children; eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry; and nine great-grandchildren.
From Harper’s Bazaar US