Prince Philip has died aged 99

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The royal family has announced the sad news that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99. The Prince leaves behind his wife, Queen Elizabeth, and four children - Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward - as well as his eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

In a statement issued by the royals via social media, it was confirmed that Prince Philip passed away this morning at Windsor Castle.

"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," reads a Twitter post.

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Eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has not yet addressed the very sad news publicly, however the Clarence House Twitter page has simply retweeted the Royal Family page's post. There has been no word yet either from other members of the family, for whom the news will no doubt be very raw.

The Duke of Edinburgh's death comes following a 28-day in hospital for an infection, which included a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

Prince Philip was born on 10 June, 1921, in Corfu, in Greece. After being educated in various European countries, including the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy. It was through this that he became acquainted with (then) Princess Elizabeth, his third cousin, and the couple married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November, 1947. At the end of last year they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary, marking the occasion with a sweet photo of the couple at Windsor Castle, opening a handmade card by great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

The Queen's husband retired from royal duties in the autumn of 2017, and has only occasionally been seen in public since. The last time Prince Philip was photographed in public was in July 2020, during a ceremony at Windsor Castle to observe the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from the Duke of Edinburgh to the Duchess of Cornwall. Before that, in May 2019, the elderly royal also attended the marriage of Lady Gabriella Windsor (the daughter of the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent) to Thomas Kingston at Windsor Castle.

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Photo credit: Topical Press Agency - Getty Images

Details of the Duke of Edinburgh's funerals have not yet been announced, with the news being so recent, however the royal family has confirmed that further announcements will made in due course. "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss," the official statement reads.

Our thoughts are with all of the royal family on this very sad day.

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