Prince Philip, 99, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Friday (9/4/2021).
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LONDON, Friday — Sad news came from the British Empire. Prince Philip, 99, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away on Friday (9/4/2021). He was an important figure in the British Royal family for nearly seven decades. He was an image of loyalty.
Philip had been by his wife\'s side throughout her 69-year reign, the longest in British history. During that time he was known for his tough, no-nonsense attitude and occasional gaffes. Philip died just two months before his first century birthday.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
A Greek prince, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947. He went on to play a key role helping the monarchy adapt to a changing world in the post-World War Two period. Behind the walls of Buckingham Palace he was the one key figure the queen could trust and turn to.
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,
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” Elizabeth said in a rare personal tribute to Philip in a speech marking their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. “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,” Elizabeth said.
Outside 10 Downing Street, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh." Johnson also said that Prince Philip had “earned the affection of generations” at home, in the Commonwealth and across the world after serving the Royal Navy and nearly after eight decades at the queen\'s side.
"Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life,” Johnson said.
Before dying, Prince Philip spent four weeks in hospital for infections and heart disease in early 2021. In early March, he returned to Windsor and died there.
Flags Buckingham Palace and government buildings across the country were flown at half-mast. There had been no clear information about his funeral. However, because it is still during the Covid-19 pandemic, it was predicted that the funeral process would not be as grand as if a member of the royal family died.
Condolences also came from world leaders. Former President of the United States George W Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Norwegian King Harald, Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain were a part of the world\'s leading figures, who conveyed condolences.
His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all
Bush said that throughout his life Prince Philip “devoted himself to worthy causes and to others.” Bush said that Philip “represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign.” “Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed,” Bush said.
Prime Minister Modi said, "Prince Philip had a distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives.” “May his soul rest in peace," Modi said.
According to King Gustaf, “Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years. “A relationship which we have deeply valued. His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all,” he said. ( REUTERS/AFP/ADH)