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, Prince Philip, 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.
During England’s coronavirus lockdown, which began in March 2020, the Duke stayed at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the Queen. In February 2021, Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital again after feeling unwell, and was treated for an infection and underwent a heart procedure, before being released a month later. He died today in the Windsor Castle.