Buckingham Palace has reported that Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 99 on the morning of April 9. Anika Khan reports.
- Philip, known as the Duke of Edinburgh was born in Greek’s Royal Family.
- After being exiled from Greece, he moved to France, Germany, and later to the UK where he joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18.
- He first met Princess Elizabeth in 1934 and ever since then he began corresponding with the princess.
- After serving the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets with distinction in World War II, George VI permitted him to marry Elizabeth.
- Philip was officially engaged to Princess Elizabeth by 1947, right after abandoning his previous titles and married her the same year.
- In 1957, he was made the British prince after Elizabeth II became the queen.
- The Duke of Edinburgh had been Elizabeth;’s support throughout her 69-year reign, simultaneously fathering four children.
- The palace statement earlier this morning read, “it is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”.
- Prince Philip was hospitalized earlier this year for treatment for an infection from a heart procedure. He returned to Windsor in early March.
- His dutiful support for his wife and his engagement in public visits, ceremonial occasions, and foreign trips continued well into old age.
British PM Boris showed condolence over this National loss. He said, “like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life”.