Buckingham Palace confirmed his death in an official statement released local time on Friday morning. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the official statement said.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Prince Philip married the Queen Elizabeth in 1947, making their marriage the longest among British monarchs.
His Royal Highness is remembered for his sharp wit – and wisecracks – as well as his loyal public service. He spent most of her final years away from the spotlight, staying mainly at Sandringham Manor Wood Farm in Norfolk after retiring from royal duties in 2017 at the age of 96.
In early 2019, Prince Philip escaped serious injury when his car overturned in an accident outside the estate. Just before Christmas, the ageing Duke was taken to a hospital in London as a precautionary measure due to a pre-existing medical condition.