Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, dies at 99

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source: bbc.com

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday.

Reading a statement from Buckingham Castle, With deep regret, the Queen of His Majesty announced the death of her beloved husband, His Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

This morning at Windsor Castle, His Royal Highness passed away peacefully 

The Duke of Edinburgh married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Duke of Edinburgh " inspired the lives of countless young people ."

He helped guide the royal family and the monarchy so that it could become an institution for the balance and happiness of our national life, which he incorporated from the Prime Minister's residence, Downing Street.

Johnson also remembered Prince Philip as one of the last survivors of those who fought in World War II.

Johnson said the controversy drew a moral map of the service he used during the unprecedented post-war changes.

In March, the Duke of Edinburgh was released from the hospital after a month-long stay for therapy.

He underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.

At Buckingham Palace, the flag was lowered to half a mast, and a notice was posted on the doors following the news of the Duke's death.

Both in this palace and in Windsor Castle, people began to leave floral tributes.

Prince Philip's funeral will be held at St George's Chapel in Windsor, but the funeral arrangements were reviewed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the College of Arms reported in a statement, adding that it was not. It will be a state funeral, and a burning chapel will not be installed.

Arrangements for the last rites have been reviewed in light of the current situation arising out of the epidemic, and it is unfortunate that they do not try to attend or attend any funeral with the public.

It is a moment of real national grief and especially sadness for the Queen, who has lost her husband of 73 years, the BBC's Royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell says

He added that Prince Philip made " a great contribution to the success of the queen's reign, "describing the duke as "absolutely loyal in his belief in the importance of the role the queen was playing, and in his duty to support her."

It was the power of the relationship, the value of their marriage, that was important to the success of his reign.

The Queen and Prince Philip had four children, eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Their first child, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960, and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.