The longest-serving consort in the history of the United Kingdom, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and father of Prince Charles, Prince Philip died at the age of ninety-nine. Buckingham Palace announced the death of Philips and said that he passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Further announcements from the Royal family will be made in due course. In recent years, he had been hospitalized many times for several diseases, most recently in February 2021. Philip spent around one month in two hospitals in London after his poor health, where he underwent heart surgery.
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
Afterward, the doctors discharged him in mid-March. The Friday statement said that his funeral prayers will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle according to the customs of the Royal family and as per the wishes of his highness, the College of Arms. Moreover, the official statement adds that the duke wouldn’t have a state funeral ceremony. The arrangements revised after considering the current circumstances arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Buckingham Palace regretfully requested the public to don’t attend the funeral arrangements of Prince Philip.
The Buckingham Palace Funeral Arrangement of Prince Philip will announce on 10th April
According to a royal source, Buckingham Palace will confirm the funeral arrangements of the prince on 10th April. Additionally, the College of Arms also shared details for the period of bereavement. It stated that all official flags of the kingdom, including the Union Flag, will fly half-mast from his death until 08:00 on the day following the funeral ceremony. Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, paid heartfelt tribute to the passed duke, saying that Philips had earned the love of many generations here in the U.K., all over the Commonwealth, and across the globe.
An Era of Service
The official title of Philip was the Duke of Edinburgh, and honored to serve as the longest-serving British consort. In 1947, he married the then Princess Elizabeth after a courtship that charmed the kingdom, still reeling from World War II. Philip usually went together with the queen on royal engagements and led several of his own solo appearances during his more than seven decades of service. Once, he referred to himself as the most experienced plaque unveiler of the world; likewise, Queen praised him as her constant guide and strength.
The duke continued making public appearances during the national events well into his 90s, while he retired from the official duties in August 2017. Philips supported several humanitarian activities and also associated with almost eight hundred organizations. Edinburgh late Duke initiated the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme (a youth development program) that operates in over a hundred and thirty nations and territories across the world. Philip spent much of his time at the rural Sandringham estate of the Queen after his retirement.
In later years, he occasionally saw at private family events like Princess Eugenie’s weddings to Jack Brooksbank and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, both at Windsor Castle. In recent years, the bad age of the prince got much media focus. Previously, he hospitalized on various occasions for multiple reasons, including for treatment for bladder infections and a hip replacement.
Leaders all over the World gave Tribute to Late Duke
Joe Biden, the United States President and first lady Jill Biden stated that Philip gratefully dedicated himself to the British people, his family, and the Commonwealth. The impact of the duke’s decades of devoted public services is obvious in the worthy humanitarian causes he raised as patron, in the Armed Forces members he supported, in the environmental efforts he campaigned, and in the young generation, he inspired.
Prince Philip’s legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped. Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom in our hearts during this time.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 9, 2021
Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, said that the late duke personified a generation that the world will never see again. Likewise, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau states that Philip was a man of great conviction and purpose. Throughout his life, he aimed to serve others. The world will fondly remember him as a constant in the Queen’s life. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, said that Philip had a distinguished military career and led several community services.
Prince Philip promoted The United Kingdom’s industry and science, championed environmental preservation, and traveled broadly to support his several charity programs. In those public appearances, he developed a reputation as an impatient, cold, and demanding person. Philips was a nephew of the war leader Lord Mountbatten. He was the first royal family member to go to the Soviet Union to represent the queen on tour with the U.K. equestrian team in 1973.