The Queen announces that Prince Philip has died

Alice Howarth
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

The Queen has announced that Prince Philip has died. In a statement released on the official The Royal Family twitter account, it was said that the Duke of Edinburgh passed away “peacefully” this morning (9 April). He was 99 years old.

“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.”

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The announcement was accompanied by a black and white photo of the Duke of Edinburgh proudly wearing his medals.

His death comes after he recently spent four weeks in hospital which was his longest ever stay.

The Duke retired from royal duties in 2017 at the age of 96 and carried out his last solo public engagement on 2 August 2017 when he met the Royal Marine Corp. He did however make several public appearances alongside the Queen since. Notably at the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' 2018 wedding as well as Princess Eugenie and Jack Brookbank's nuptials in October of that year.

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Photo credit: Keystone - Getty Images

He married the Queen in 1947 and was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch. They kept their relationship largely private but the Queen did pay a sweet tribute to him on the their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1997, at a luncheon in the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

She said: "All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner. He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know."

Other family members are yet to release statements.

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