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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99


Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has sadly passed away at 99 years of age.

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.”

The Prince has been suffering from a series of health issues since he officially retired from royal duties in 2017.

He was admitted to the King Edward VII's hospital as a precaution earlier this year.

Whilst the exact ailment was not disclosed, it is not due to Coronavirus.

The Duke was visited by his son, Prince Charles, during his stay. Under England's current lockdown rules, visiting someone in a hospital is considered a "reasonable excuse" to leave home, and each hospital considers visitors on a case-by-case basis. The King Edward VII's hospital website says visitors 'will only be considered in exceptional circumstances' during the pandemic.

According to the source, Prince Philip, who was due to celebrate his landmark 100th birthday in June, walked into the hospital in Marylebone unaided when he was admitted.

No official details have been released yet about his funeral, but it is understood he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.

The funeral itself is likely to take place at the same location of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding, St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Unlike most monarchs and their spouses, the Duke of Edinburgh will not be buried at Westminster Abbey. Instead, alongside Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he will be laid to rest at Frogmore, close to Windsor.

The Queen will now enter into eight days of official mourning. During this time, laws will not be given Royal Assent and state affairs will be put on pause. It is widely thought that the Queen will only return to public duties in thirty day’s time.

In a touching nod to her grandfather, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have named their newborn son August Philip Hawke Brooksbank.

The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

RIP, Prince Philip.

This originally appeared on GLAMOUR UK | Biance London and Josh Smith

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