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Queen Elizabeth II's Husband Prince Philip Has Died

The Duke of Edinburgh was 99.
by Arianne Merez and Agence France Presse
Apr 9, 2021
Photo/s: Buckingham Palace

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace announced 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," the Palace said.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," it added.

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The palace added that further announcements would be made "in due course".

Fears over the health of the Duke of Edinburgh, as he was formally known, had been heightened after he recently spent a month in hospital for treatment.

He left the hospital on March 16 following what was described as a successful procedure for a pre-existing condition and treatment for an unspecified infection.

He was first admitted on Feb. 16 on the advice of his doctor after he complained of feeling unwell. 

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle, west of London, where he had been isolating with the queen -- Britain's longest-serving monarch -- since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

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He was due to turn 100 in June.

The news of his death saw television channels interrupt regular programs and start special coverage marking his life.

The BBC announced his death and played the national anthem, "God Save the Queen".

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Philip had increasingly struggled with his health in recent years and had retired from public life.

In the run-up to Christmas 2011, Philip was taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains. 

The Greek-born former naval officer was then treated for a blocked coronary artery and had a stent fitted.


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