Sources: The Royal Family and Buckingham Palace (Information):
Windsor, United Kingdom: Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has dead on Friday, April 9th, 2021 at Windsor Castle.
In a statement, 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.”
Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16th, 2021 to return to Windsor Castle.
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Philip was born in Greece’s island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg and was a member of both the Greek and Danish royal families, but he was not Greek.
Philip spent his childhood in France, Great Britain and Germany, and attended the Royal Naval College starting in 1939 at 18 years old, just before the start of World War II.
An 8 year old Elizabeth met Philip in 1934 while attending a wedding for Princess Marina and Prince George, and five years later, the pair reconnected at ages 13 and 18 while they were at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
The two were great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, making them distant cousins.
Philip served in the Navy during World War II primarily in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean and fought against some of his own German brothers-in-law. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming a first lieutenant at 21 years old and second-in-command of the destroyer HMS Wallace.
Philip played a key role in saving the lives of his crew in the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily, and as the Wallace was being bombarded in the dead of night, Philip came up with a distraction.
Philip told BBC Radio 4 in 2014, “I got a Carley float (raft), filled it with rubbish and set fire to it and launched it, hoping that the aeroplane would think we were burning or something. And it did! It went and had a go at it – we got away with it.”
Philip was also at Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
Philip and Elizabeth II married on Nov. 20, 1947, but not before Philip renounced his Greek citizenship and became a British subject.
After their wedding, Philip was given the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
Elizabeth II became queen after her father’s death in 1952.
As Elizabeth’s royal consort, Philip had no claim to the throne and would never become king.
Philip subsequently left the Navy, but he still gained several military titles over the years including Admiral of the Fleet and Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
Philip and Elizabeth had four children — Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward. Their eldest son, Charles, is next in line for the throne, followed by their grandson, William, and great-grandson, George. They have eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Philip mostly avoided controversy, but he became a crucial player in the often-strained relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
During their courtship, Philip told Charles to decide if he wanted to marry Diana or break it off. As the couple’s marriage struggled, Philip and Elizabeth reportedly tried to get them to reconcile.
Eventually, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced in 1996.
Princess Diana died a year after the divorce in a car crash in Paris along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed.
During the funeral service for Princess Diana, Philip, Charles and Philip’s grandsons, William and Harry, walked behind Diana’s coffin in the funeral procession.
Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, publicly blamed Philip, accusing him of being a racist and ordering the crash that killed the couple, staging it to look like an accident.
An investigation determined the fatal crash was accidental.
Philip was as public as any member of the Royal Family, committing himself to his duties after his naval career ended.
Known as a conservationist, he became the first British president of the World Wildlife Fund in 1961.
Philip was the first member of the royal family to be interviewed on television, promoting youth apprenticeships in 1961.
Philip was also an advocate for designers whose work could improve daily life. The UK’s Design Council, a charity aimed at using design to make positive social, environmental and economic change, presented the annual Prince Philip Designers Prize from 1959 until he reduced his royal duties in 2011.
Philip and Elizabeth II celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2017.
Philip made his final solo public appearance, his 22,219 appearance, on Aug. 2, 2017, when he met with Royal Marines who completed a 1,664-mile journey to raise money for charity.
According to the Associated Press, Philip reportedly gave 5,496 speeches, wrote 14 books and went on 637 solo overseas visits in his royal role.
An accomplished sportsman, Philip played polo regularly until 1971.
Philip earned his Royal Air Force wings in 1953, helicopter wings in 1956 and private pilot’s license in 1959.
Philip was also worshipped by a group of villagers in the Republic of Vanuatu, an island nation near Australia.
Prince Philip was 99 years old and is survived by the queen and their four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The grandchildren are Charles’ sons, Prince William and Prince Harry; Anne’s children, Peter and Zara Phillips; Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Edward’s children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn.
The great-grandchildren are William and Kate’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis; Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie; Savannah and Isla, the daughters of Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn; Mia and Lena, the daughters of Zara Phillips and her husband, Mike Tindall; and Eugenie’s son, August, with her husband, Jack Brooksbank.
Thoughts, prayers and condolences have been coming in to the Royal Family, and the family and friends of Prince Philip; members of the public have begun laying floral tributes to Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.
In a statement, United State President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said on the Passing of Prince Philip of the United Kingdom,”On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically and repeatedly. From his service during World War II, to his 73 years alongside the Queen, and his entire life in the public eye — Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth, and to his family. The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he shaped. Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.”
According to officials at Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip’s funeral will be held on April 17th, 2021 at Windsor Castle in a family service that will be closed to the public.