Prince Philip, the love of Queen Elizabeth‘s life, has died. He was 99.
via: New York Post
Prince Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, who was a constant companion to Queen Elizabeth II during their 74 years of marriage and the father to royal heir Prince Charles, died Friday. He was 99.
“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,” Buckingham Palace announced on Twitter Friday.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Known for his easygoing humor, dapper wardrobe and sometimes startling frankness, the Duke of Edinburgh was a tireless advocate for the monarchy, wildlife conservation, science and a proponent of mixing athletics with scholarship.
He also racked up more than 22,000 solo public engagements since 1952.
The oldest-ever male member of the British royal family, Philip was rarely seen in public after he retired from his public duties in August 2017.
But he still accompanied his wife to the weddings of their grandchildren, including Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in May 2018, Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018 and Princess Beatrice to Edoardo Mozzi in July 2020.
His most recent public event was a military ceremony at Buckingham Palace in July 2020.