The husband of the Queen of Britain and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip Mountbatten has died at the age of 99.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the demise of the Prince in a statement on Friday.
“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,” the official statement reads.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prince Phillip Mountbatten, originally from Greece was married to the queen for 7 decades after their marriage in 1947.
He was born to a Greco-Danish father, Prince Andrew and Princess Alice of Battenberg (formerly Mountbatten).
The family was banished from Greece in 1922 after the Greco-Turkish war, when Prince Phillip was aged just 18 months old. He lived in France, Germany and Scotland afterwards before eventually studying in England where he met the Queen.
His marriage to the queen was the longest monarch marriage in British history.
The Prince retired from palace duties in 2017 at the age of 96, due to old age and had an accident in 2019 in his residence, suffering many injuries. His final days as Prince saw him rest most of the time at Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
Philip – father to the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – died just two months away from his 100th birthday in June.
The Prince of Edinburgh as part of his royal duties visited Africa on many occasions coming to Nigeria, The Gambia, Kenya, Malawi amongst others.
He was notable for his simple gaffes and funny statements.
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