by Beatrice Ambasa
April 10, 2021

Prince Philip took his last breath at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, days after he was released from a London hospital where he received care for an infection and surgery for a pre-existing condition.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday morning, just two months before his 100th birthday.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on 16th March to be reunited with the Queen after spending a month in hospital – his longest stay.

An official notice of his death was posted on the railings of Buckingham Palace, as is traditional, but was removed shortly afterwards to avoid crowds gathering.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said:

 ‘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.

‘Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family joins with people around the world in mourning his loss.’

The flags in Downing Street were lowered to half-mast following the announcement. Government ministers and other senior politicians offered tributes to the duke on social media.

Born in 1921, Philip was the longest serving consort in British history.

Philip’s health had been slowly deteriorating for some time. He announced he was stepping down from royal engagements in May 2017, joking that he could no longer stand up. Later that year, he made a final official public appearance during a Royal Marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

He later retired at the age of 96 with 22,219 solo engagements to his name.

He served in the Royal Navy and has become known over the years for his jokes and gaffes. After he first met the Queen, Elizabeth ‘he never looked at anyone else’ and once Philip proposed his destiny as royal consort was sealed.

His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg, and his father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and he was their only son with four older sisters. His family was exiled from Greece when he was a baby. Philip was educated in France, Germany and the UK.