Queen Elizabeth II will now enter an eight-day official mourning period following the death of her 73-year-old husband Prince Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday. He was 99 years old.
The royal family announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in a statement on Friday.
“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, ”the statement read.
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The British Royal Family added that they would join “people around the world in mourning her loss”, noting that more announcements are expected to come.
The reigning 94-year-old monarch will now cease his royal duties. State affairs have also been suspended and no laws will receive Royal Assent.
Additional periods of royal mourning are expected to continue after the first eight days. The UK is expected to enter a 10-day mourning period, and the British Royal Household is expected to extend its 30-day period.
According to tradition, members of the royal family are required to wear black or dark clothing during this time. After a funeral service, the Queen is expected to continue to mourn in private while performing her duties in private.
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An announcement regarding Philip’s death was placed at the gates of Buckingham Palace on Friday, but is expected to be withdrawn later on Friday by restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During the coronavirus lockdown in England, Philip had stayed at Windsor Castle, west London, with the Queen.
On February 16, Philip was admitted to a London hospital after feeling unwell. On March 3, he underwent surgery for pre-existing heart disease at Saint-Barthélemy Hospital before being transferred to King Edward VII Hospital on March 5 and finally released home on March 16.
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Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He and the Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A former naval officer and avid polo player, Philip enjoyed solid health until old age, but had several health problems in recent years.
In 2011, he was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering from chest pain and being treated for a blocked coronary artery. In 2017, he spent two nights at King Edward Hospital and was hospitalized for 10 days in 2018 for hip replacement.
Philip was last hospitalized in December 2019, spending four nights at King Edward Hospital for what the palace said was planned treatment for a pre-existing condition.
He was forced to stop driving at the age of 97, after crashing into a car while driving a Land Rover near the Sandringham estate in January 2019. Philip needed help getting out of the Land Rover but was not injured. A woman in the other vehicle suffered a broken wrist.
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At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Councilor.
He was the second person to bear the title of “Duke of Edinburgh”, the first being his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. His son, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.
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Although he married in the British monarchy, royalty had been in Philip’s blood from birth. On June 10, 1921, he was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark – the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, as well as the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
Philip’s deep-rooted royal roots have placed him in the line of succession to thrones of 16 countries.