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Prince Philip, Queen’s husband, dies at 99

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Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. The announcement came from Buckingham Palace just after midday. By being by the Queen’s side for more than 60 years of her reign, the Duke of Edinburgh also became the longest-serving consort in British History. As a result, the flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast, with a notice posted on the palace’s gate.

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Prince Philip Dead at 99

Prince Philip, Queen's husband, dies at 99
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The statement from Buckingham Palace read:

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.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully in Windsor Castle.
Further announcement will be made in due course.
The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Official Notice outside Buckingham Palace

Furthermore, on the death of Prince Philip, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also release a statement, saying he had:

earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.

PM Johnson

As a result of Prince Philips’ death, hundreds visited Windsor Castle and paid their tributes and respect by placing flowers. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government urged the public to not gather in large crowds or leave their tributes at the royal residences. Instead, the Royal Family urged people to donate to a charity instead of laying flowers in memory of Prince Philip. And if they want to pay their condolences on Prince Philip’s death, they can send their messages in an online book of condolences on the official Royal Website.

The Prince married Queen Elizabeth in 1947, 5 years before she became ascended to the Throne of the British Monarchy. The Duke also had a month-long stay in King Edward VII hospital in central London, after being admitted on February 16th due to ill health as a result of a pre-existing heart condition.

Funeral procession

Prince Philips’ funeral will take place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. However, the arrangements will be amended due to the pandemic, as revealed by the College of Arms. Furthermore, they made clear that it will not be a state funeral and the Prince will not lie in state. Their statement read:

The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral.

College of Arms

The Palace is yet to confirm the date of the funeral.

Related: How Royals Are Staying In Touch During Quarantine

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