Sadly, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, and Britain’s oldest and longest-serving royal spouse in a century, has passed away at 99. Let’s remember him by taking a look back at his incredible life and the words of his loved ones.
Rest In Peace, Prince Philip
Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip‘s death on the morning of April 9, 2021, from Windsor Castle. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement, released through all major channels, read. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Of course, the “further announcements” are likely funeral plans. While the family has announced little, Prince Philip will not receive a state funeral, though he could have one. Instead, he requested a non-public funeral. In line with his wishes, the Royal Family will have a private, military ceremony at St. George’s Castle, before a burial at Frogmore Cottage. There, the Prince’s great-great-grandparents, the legendary Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, are interred.
There’s no doubt Prince Philip’s death will have a profound effect on the Royal Family…
The Legendary Duke of Edinburgh
While most often think of Queen Elizabeth II when they think of the British Royal Family. However, the Queen often reminded everyone of how vital Prince Philip was to the nation as a whole. “I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know,” she said on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
The story of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip is one of young love. They married on November 20, 1947, after meeting in 1934. Though they had only met a handful of times beforehand, their love was real. “We behave as though we had belonged to each other for years,” the Queen wrote to her parents just days after the wedding.
Following, Philip spent over six decades supporting the Royal Family, before retiring in 2017 and leading a largely private life. In his public years, Royal experts say he not only championed the United Kingdom with vigor, but also helped bolster British science and technology. So it’s no surprise the tributes came pouring in after his passing.
Tributes Pour In
As you might imagine, Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was one of the first to comment on Prince Philip‘s death. Standing outside London’s famous Downing Street, Johnson reminded the world that Philip “helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”
“We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen,” Johnson continued. “Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay,’ of more than 70 years.”
Later, through their charity, the Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared a simple, heartfelt message. “In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021,” it read. “Thank you for your service…you will be greatly missed.” Prince Harry is expected to make the trip back to England for the funeral.
Rest in peace, Prince Philip.