Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and the Duke of Edinburgh, died Friday at age 99, Buckingham Palace announced. He was the first man royal consort because of Queen Victoria’s time from the 1800s and the longest-serving consort in history.
“It is with deep sorrow Her Majesty The Queen announces the passing of her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” that the Royal Family’s official site said. “His Royal Highness passed off peacefully this afternoon at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family unite with people around the globe in mourning his loss.”
Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was a dashing young officer when he uttered then-Princess Elizabeth later World War II when he’d served with the Royal Navy’s Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.
“To have been spared from the war and observed success, to have been granted the opportunity to rest and also to re-adjust me, to have fallen in love entirely and unreservedly, makes all one’s private and the world’s problems seem petty and small,” he composed Elizabeth at 1946.
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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
From the time of the wedding in 1947, he renounced his royal names and naval career, taken British citizenship and consented that his kids would take his spouse’s family name of Windsor.
These were necessary sacrifices,” says Karina Urbach of this University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. “He should have regretted it a whole lot,” she states. “it is a privileged life, clearly, but it is also quite a boring life. Additionally, it meant that a guy like him who is an alpha guy, who would like to direct, who would like to be comprehended within his career, you understand, could not match that.”
Later in life, Philip chose to describe himself as”the world’s most seasoned plaque unveiler.”