Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth, has died at the age of 99.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years. The couple happen to be distant relations.
The Duke spent his final days at Windsor Castle with his wife after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.
Her Majesty announced her husband’s death at midday today, April 9 through a statement released by Buckingham palace.
Buckingham Palace wrote in a statement:
“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.”
In further statement it said;
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister said that the duke had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world”.
Meanwhile, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he “consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service”.
The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the gates following the announcement of the duke’s death.