Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.
“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,” the palace said in a statement.
“His royal highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prince Philip, who served as Britain’s longest-serving consort, was unwell for the past several months and had been admitted to the hospital in February as a precaution. At the time, Buckingham Palace had said he was expected to remain at the hospital for a few days for observation.
He had received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and the Duke’s illness was not related to Covid-19. A royal source had said it was expected he would remain in the hospital for the week and that Philip was in good spirits.
The death of Philip, who was the queen’s confidante throughout her 69-year reign and the patriarch of the family, deprives the monarch of his counsel.
However, the prince had already taken more of a back seat since he retired from public life in 2017, with many of his official roles being taken on by other members of the family.
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen,” a statement from the palace had said at the time.