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Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has

died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

In a statement shortly after midday, the palace said:

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this

morning at Windsor Castle.” The Duke of Edinburgh,

who was the longest-serving consort in British history,

had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March after a

month in hospital. Boris Johnson said he “inspired

the lives of countless young people”.

Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister added

that the duke had “earned the affection of generations

here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth,

and around the world”. Meanwhile, Justin Welby,

the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he “consistently put

the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing,

provided an outstanding example of Christian service”.

The palace added: “The Royal Family join with people

around the world in mourning his loss.”

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast

and a notice was posted on the gates following the

announcement of the duke’s death.

Bunches of daffodils, tulips, roses and lilies were among floral

tributes placed by people outside the palace, while crowds began

to gather at Windsor Castle.

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The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said it was “

a moment of real national sadness” and “a moment of sadness,

most particularly of course, for the Queen losing her husband of

73 years – a bigger span of years than most of us can imagine”.

He said Prince Philip had made “a huge contribution to the

success of the Queen’s reign”, describing the duke as “utterly

loyal in his belief in the importance of the role that the Queen

was fulfilling – and in his duty to support her”.

Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces
Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces
“It was the importance of the solidity of that relationship, of their

marriage, that was so crucial to the success of her reign,” he

added. A bank of photographers and cameramen were lined up

around the growing number of tributes at Buckingham Palace on

Friday afternoon, according to BBC News reporter Marie Jackson.

Rhea Varma, from Pimlico, pulled up to the gates on her bike to

lay flowers and a note saying Rest in Peace Duke.

She said: “It’s just super sad. I think it might be the beginning of

big change in our country. Without him, the Queen might not

reign much longer.” To her, the duke was “the kind of stability

that’s so old-fashioned it’s difficult to comprehend. He was a rock

who brought integrity.” The prince married Princess Elizabeth in

1947, five years before she became Queen.

In March, the duke left King Edward VII’s hospital in central

London after a month-long stay for treatment.

He underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at

another London hospital – St Bartholomew’s. As news of the

duke’s death rippled through this royal borough, people started

to gather outside the gates of Windsor castle. Locals, including a

young girl, have left flower bouquets at the castle entrance. More

are being brought. One of the cards attached to the flowers

simply reads RIP Prince Philip. Another is addressed to Her

Majesty The Queen sending their deep condolences. There is a

sombre mood here in Windsor as people quietly reflect on the

news of the duke’s death. It was here where he spent his last

weeks after being discharged from hospital. His last days spent

with his wife, the Queen. Prince Philip and the Queen had four

children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Their

first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948,

followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950,

the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex,

Prince Edward, in 1964.Prince Philip was born on the Greek island

of Corfu on 10 June 1921.His father was Prince Andrew of Greece

and Denmark, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes.

His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Prince Louis of

Battenberg and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

Politicians across the UK were united in mourning

following the announcement of the duke’s death. Labour leader

Sir Keir Starmer said the UK had “lost an extraordinary public

servant”, while Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said his

“long contribution to public life in Scotland will leave a profound

mark on its people”. Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford said the

duke “served the crown with selfless devotion and generosity of

spirit”. Parliament will honour the duke on Monday, with the

House of Commons sitting at 14:30 BST for tributes following his

death. Parties have also suspended their campaigning elections

on 6 May, which will see voters head to the polls for council and

mayoral positions in England, the Scottish Parliament and Welsh

Parliament. The palace said further announcements would be

made “in due course”.

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