Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on 9 April 2021 at the age of 99. The royal was a key figure in the British Royal Family since his marriage to Queen Elizabeth II shortly after the end of the Second World War.
A prominent member of the Royal Navy, the prince adored his role and struggled to relinquish it after Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne in the 1950s. Despite the initial challenges he faced in his new role alongside the Queen, the Prince embraced his royal duties, helping to modernise the British Royal Family and keep the family home affairs in order. Prince Philip’s death will undoubtedly change the British royal family forever.
After an extended stay due to a pre-existing heart condition and infection in February and March 2021, Prince Philip returned home in apparent good spirits. But on 9 April 2021, Buckingham Palace announced in a statement that the royal had died. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the statement said.
Prince Philip’s cause of death has not yet been announced by the Palace.
Royal Family: Queen Elizabeth Has Reacted To Prince Philip’s Death
Prince Philip had been married to Queen Elizabeth II since 1947. The duo celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary in November 2020. The royal couple had four children together: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
The Queen released a heartbreaking statement shortly after the Prince’s death. “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,” Buckingham Palace announced.
Today begins an eight-day period of mourning for the Queen and her staff. There will also be a 30-day official period of mourning and flags will fly at half-mourning across the UK.