Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has died | UK News

British Prince Philip awaits the wedding procession after the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle near London, England on Friday October 12, 2018 (AP) Photo / Alastair Grant, Pool)

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The Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Philip – has died, Buckingham Palace has said.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. “

the Duc was married to Queen Elizabeth II for over 70 years and became the longest-serving husband in British history.

This statement was released by the palace today

In his 90s, he led a heavy program of public engagements, reflecting his own charitable interests.

He has also traveled the country in support of the Queen, both on state occasions and on royal visits.

For a man his age, he enjoyed relatively good health.

He was rushed to hospital on Christmas 2011 for treatment for a blocked artery.

In 2012 he was admitted to the hospital on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a bladder infection and in 2013 he underwent exploratory abdominal surgery.

Philip is pictured with the Queen in Windsor last June

But it wasn’t until May 2017, after making more than 20,000 solo public engagements, that the 96-year-old retired from his own schedule of royal duties, occasionally stepping out to support the Queen at major events. events.

No official details have yet been released on the Duke’s funeral, but it is understood that he will receive a royal funeral rather than a state funeral, according to his wishes.

The Queen will sign the final plans in the coming days.

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu in 1921.

At the age of 18, the prince joined the Royal Navy as a cadet.

He saw active service during World War II, serving in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, and was mentioned in dispatches for his bravery.

The Duke of Edinburgh is seen at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018

In 1947 he renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles, assumed the surname of Mountbatten, and became a naturalized British subject before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth.

Their marriage was the first major state occasion after the end of World War II.

His commitment to the Queen was unwavering. He gave up his career in the Navy to support her in her role as monarch.

The Queen described Prince Philip as her “constant strength and abode”.

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, December 25, 2015, Britain's Prince Philip leaves after attending the British Royal Family's traditional Christmas church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, Friday, December 25, 2015. Officials at Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Monday, May 30, 2016 that Prince Philip, 94, "unwillingly" decided to follow the doctor's advice and not to attend the upcoming centenary commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland in the northeast
Philip is seen in Sandringham on Christmas Day in 2015

They had four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – and he was a much loved grandfather and great-grandfather.

He saw himself as a modernizer within the British monarchy, orchestrating the first royal walkabout – but he was also known for his straightforward views and spontaneous remarks.

Prince Philip’s concern for young people inspired him to create the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, and he has supported over 800 charities and good causes – focusing on his interests in wildlife conservation , technology and sport.

Since the 1940s Prince Philip has been a ubiquitous figure in UK life and leaves behind his own considerable legacy.

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