Prince Philip has died aged 99: Here’s what we know
The Royal Family has said he died peacefully this morning
The Royal Family has announced that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died today.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “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.”
He was 99-years-old and flags on landmark buildings in Britain are being lowered to half-mast as a period of mourning has been announced. The Queen will now enter an official mourning period of eight days and state affairs will be postponed.
The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history. It is unlikely we will see the Queen in public for a month because the entire Royal Family will enter an official grieving period for 30 days.
Three weeks ago, the Prince left hospital after heart surgery. The Duke had spent 28 nights in hospital as an in-patient – his longest ever stay. He was due to celebrate his 100th birthday in June.
It’s been reported that the Royal code name for when Prince Philip dies is Forth Bridge. He is believed to have requested a private funeral service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in the style of a military funeral. Prince Philip is the Duke of Edinburgh, and Forth Bridge is a bridge in Scotland, near Edinburgh.
We will keep this article updated.
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