Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has died at the age of 99, announced Buckingham Palace.
Today on Friday, he died peacefully as the Palace announced, “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.
It added, “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
The Duke of Edinburgh left the hospital in March, after a month-long stay for treatment. He went through a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s.
Moreover, the prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, right after 5 years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.
Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said he “inspired the lives of countless young people”.
Speaking at Downing Street, he added: “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.” Mr. Johnson added that he received the news of the duke’s death “with great sadness”.
“Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world,” he said.
He Payed tribute to the duke’s role as the longest serving consort in history, Mr. Johnson also remembered Prince Philip as one of the last surviving people to have fought in World War II. “From that conflict, he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post-War era,” Mr. Johnson said.