Prince Philip dies age 99

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Prince Philip has died at the age of 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, passed away on Friday morning, an official statement from Buckingham 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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," the message, which has also been posted on the Royal family's official social media accounts, read.

Further announcements will be made "in due course", and the royals said they "join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Prince William paid tribute to his grandfather by posting a picture of Philip in his military uniform on Instagram, and reposted the royal family's official statement on Twitter.

A cause of death has yet to be announced, but the 99-year-old, who was due to celebrate his 100th birthday on 10 June, was hospitalised in February to receive treatment for an infection and a "successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition".

Both he and Queen Elizabeth received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine back in January.

Philip wed Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and the couple have four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He has also suffered from health issues over the years, and in 2011 was treated for a blocked coronary artery, before being forced to miss the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 due to a bladder infection.

Philip is the longest-serving royal consort in British history, and while well-known for his controversial remarks, he also created the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and supported more than 800 charities and organisations.