Prince Philip, Husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Dies

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His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the longest serving consort in British history to the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle, two months shy of his centenary.

The Royal Family announced the passing via Twitter @theroyalfamily, "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."


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Married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, The Prince has recently been released from a one-month hospitalization for treatment of an infection and pre-existing heart condition.

Throughout the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Prince had remained locked down together at Windsor Castle.

Prior to the pandemic The Prince had stepped down from his Royal duties in 2017, at age 96, after attending more than 22,000 engagements in official capacity since 1952.


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Although the Duke of Edinburgh is entitled to a full state funeral, he impressed his wishes for minimal "fuss" and as such the ceremony commemorating his passing will include a military funeral at St. George's Chapel and a burial at Frogmore Castle. It is expected the same level of ceremony which honored both Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, will honor Prince Philip.

The funeral is expected to be held April 17 or April 19 which is the customary eight to ten days mourning period designated by British law.


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In accordance with current mass gathering regulations, there will be no public gathering. Although the public has been discouraged from laying flowers at the gates of Windsor Castle, they have persisted in showing their gratitude for his life of service.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and four children, HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, HRH Anne, Princess Royal, HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


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