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Palace confirms Prince Philip has died

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Palace confirms Prince Philip has died

Prince Philip has passed away at the age of 99.

Palace confirms Prince Philip has died

Buckingham Palace has released a statement confirming that the Duke of Edinburgh has died.

The statement read:

“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 Duke has died just a few months short of his 100th birthday. He is the oldest-ever male member of the British Royal Family.

Philip has avoided the spotlight in recent years following an announcement in 2017 that he would be retiring from public life. By the time he stepped down from royal duties, he had completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.

Throughout his public life, he gave 5,496 speeches, wrote 14 books and went on 637 solo visits overseas.

Philip was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch, having enjoyed 73 years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth II.

Philip and Elizabeth married in 1947, but they actually met years earlier when Philip was 13 and Elizabeth was eight. From 1939, at the age of 18, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth.

Philip was born on 10 June, 1921, into the Greek and Danish royal families.

When he was just 18 months old and during a time of political turmoil, his father smuggled him out of Greece and onto a British Royal Navy ship that King George V had sent to collect them.

He was educated in France, Germany and the UK before joining the British Royal Navy in 1939.

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