Britain’s Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth II dies aged 99

Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip is dead. [Photo: CNN]

Buckingham Palace on Friday announced the passing on of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip died aged 99 years.

The palace in a statement termed Prince Philip’s demise as sorrowful not just for Queen Elizabeth II but for Britain as a whole.

“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. 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,” the statement read.

Prince Philip had been receiving treatment at the King Edward VII Hospital in London where he was admitted on February 17 before being discharged.

The Palace at the time said that he was being treated for an infection. He would later be transferred to St, Bartholomew’s Hospital on March 1.

The Duke of Edinburgh had a chronic heart condition and recently underwent a heart surgery.

Prince Philip married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 after the World War II. When Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne, he would often accompany her for her royal duties and only retired in 2017.

Before ill health took a toll on him, he would be seen in various family events including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a while back.

Together with the Queen, they had four children.