It is with great sadness we announce the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, beloved husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He passed away this morning in Windsor Castle, the Royal Family announced Friday.
“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
He had recently been hospitalised with an infection.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s death came just 12 days before Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday on April 21 and two months before what would have been his 100th birthday on June 10.
The Duke will be remembered for his genuine selfless service to his people, his eventful Navy career, passionate charity work, modernization of the monarch and unwavering support and devotion to the Queen.
Prince Philip was born 10th June, 1921, Mon Repus, Corfu. Greece, the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. The British royal tied the knot with the Queen in 1947 – the pair was married for 73 years.
He became British consort to the sovereign after King George VI died in 1952. Prince Philip who was the longest-serving consort to a British sovereign, died Friday. He was 99.
The Duke of Edinburgh had taken up more than 22,000 solo engagements, 637 overseas visits, delivered an estimated 5,493 speeches and worked as a patron to almost 800 organizations.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement that “it was with great sadness” he had been informed of Philip’s death, reflecting on the duke’s “extraordinary life and work” and offering his condolences to the queen.
“Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life,” Johnson said. “We mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen, we offer our condolences to her and to all her family, and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
German President Steinmeier on #PrincePhilip:
“Prince Philip was popular and highly respected in Germany”
“I had the pleasure of personally experiencing his astute humour during our meetings in London and Berlin”
“His commitment to democracy and freedom will be remembered”
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also issued a statement remembering Philip and his “extraordinary life of dedicated service” — also noting that he “continually demonstrated his unfailing support and unstinting loyalty to Her Majesty The Queen.”
“On the occasions when I met him, I was always struck by his obvious joy at life, his enquiring mind and his ability to communicate to people from every background and walk of life. He was a master at putting people at their ease and making them feel special,” said Welby.
“I also join many people in giving thanks for the marriage of Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip, and for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Theirs was a marriage grounded in friendship and mutual respect and sustained by shared faith in Christ,” he added. “I pray that God will comfort Her Majesty and the rest of the Royal Family at this time. May His Royal Highness rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Many other Tributes from world leaders across the world have since began pouring in.
Our deepest condolences. 💔🙏