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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh dies, aged 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died peacefully at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edi

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has died, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.

In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace the Royal Family 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.”

The royal family was preparing to celebrate his 100th birthday on 10 June.

The Duke is survived by Queen Elizabeth II and their children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. He had eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was admitted to hospital on 17 February after falling ill at Windsor Castle where he and the Queen had been living during the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the time of his hospital admission palace officials had said that Prince Philip was able to walk into the hospital and that he had been admitted out of extreme caution. However, he remained in hospital for four weeks during which time he underwent a heart procedure and treatment for an infection. His illness was not related to Covid-19. He was discharged from hospital on 16 March and returned to Windsor Castle.

The last time Prince Philip was seen in public was at Windsor castle in July 2020 and he was photographed with the Queen in November 2020 to mark the their 73rd wedding anniversary.

The Duke was longest-serving consort in British history.

Prince Philip’s death sets in motion a commemoration and funeral operation code-named Forth Bridge, which complies with the late duke’s request for minimal “fuss” according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“The plans were altered over recent months to adapt to the pandemic. The funeral will likely be staged within eight days. The day before the funeral the duke will be transported to St George’s Chapel. It is possible that he will be temporarily placed in the Royal Vault under the Chapel, and will eventually join the Queen in the George VI Memorial Chapel after her death,” the newspaper reported.