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The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has passed away at 99

 

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, hass passed away at 99
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The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip has died at the age of 99. The Iron Duke died peacefuly at the Windsor Castle this morning. Her Majesty the Queen and her Prince Consort were living togehter at the Windsor Castle. Palace has not released further details. Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in the British Royal History.


The Duke of Edinburgh Died at the age of 99
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Announcing the news on the Twitter, Palace wrote, 

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course. 

 

As a tribute to the beoved husband, father,Grandfather and Prince Consort, Palace has taken down the Royal website and only a message in Black is being displayed on the Royal website.  

The Duke who has served the Queen with loyalty and love was going to celebrate his 100th birthday in June.
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The Duke who has served the Queen with loyalty and love was born in 1921 in Corfu as Prince of Greece and Denmark. He was going to celebrate his 100th birthday in June. Philip moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 8. In the UK, he joined Royal Navy in 1939, same year when he met the then Princess Elizabeth.  He recently went through a successful heart procedure and stayed at the hospital for more than 4 weeks. 

Prince Philip retired from public service in 2017 after serving the nation for 65 years.  He was just seen at the family functions only since then.
The Royal Family

 

Prince Philip retired from public service in 2017 after serving the nation for 65 years.  Philip had been patron of almost 800 organizations during his royal life. After reitrement, he was just seen at the family functions only. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II married in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey and have four children, 8 grand-chidlren and 10 great-grand children. Paying tribute to her husband, Her Majesty The Queen on her Golden Wedding Anniversary said,

He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and 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.

The Duke of Edinburgh was granted the style and title of Royal Highness on 19 November 1947; on the next day, 20 November, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London. These peerages are hereditary and on the death of His Royal Highness have passed to his eldest son, HRH The Prince of Wales. In the event of the Prince of Wales or any subsequent holder of these titles succeeding to the Crown, these titles and all others held will merge with the Crown.

His Royal Highness was made a Prince of the United Kingdom by Letters Patent of the present Queen dated 22 February 1957. A declaration of the same date communicated Her Majesty’s will and pleasure that her husband be known as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

 

The Coat of Arms of Prince Philip
Coat of Arms

 

The British Prime Ministe, Boris Johnson, released a statement and said, "Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, in the Commonwealth, and around the world." So true! An easel has been placed outside of Buckingham Palace officially announcing the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

As the Consort of reigning Monarch, Prince Philip is entitled to the State Funeral. But it was reported that he wished for bit scaled down rituals after his death. 

Prince Philip's funeral will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State. His  body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel. This is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes.

 

From Mirror's report,

The period of Royal Mourning will then continue for a further 30 days, after which the Queen will make a full return to public life and duties. Even thought Philip is entitled to a full-blown state funeral, the Duke expressed a preference for something far more simple before his death.

He has been closely involved with the arrangements, which are being co-ordinated by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace.

As for the funeral itself, it's believed the guest list will be comparatively paired back with only family, friends and heads of state from Commonwealth countries attending a service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, in the style of a military funeral.

 

The Happy Duke will always be missed. Rest in Peace Your Royal Highness!


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