London Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away, royal announcement Friday. He is 99 years old.
The family said in a statement: “His Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Philip “won the hearts of many generations here in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world. ”
“Like the experienced chariot driver, he helped steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an indisputably important institution for the balance and well-being of the nation’s life. we. ”
His role in life was to be one step behind the queen, but even while there, Prince Philip was able to make his own name and role in history.
“Basically, the queen always wears the crown,” said Giles Brandreth, who runs one of Philip’s charities for many years, while “Prince Philip is always allowed to wear trousers. it works. ”
Philip was born into a Greek royal family in 1921, but was educated and followed the naval career in England.
And by luck or – many think – by royal design, he was chosen to escort the young Princess Elizabeth on a tour. Margaret Rhodes, the queen’s cousin and best friend until her death in 2016, still remembers the impression Philip made during that first meeting.
In an interview with CBS News, Rhodes once said Philip had an immediate advantage in appearance when meeting the young princess, and described him as an “extremely handsome” Viking god.
They married at Westminster Abbey in 1947 in a television ceremony that attracted millions of spectators around the world. It was the beginning of a long and successful royal marriage. He and the queen have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
After Elizabeth became queen in 1953, Philip was a supportive and controversial affair. Some thought that he was an easy man to be open to political injustice.
He once asked Aboriginal people in Australia if they would still throw spears at each other. Closer to home, he once asked Scottish driving teachers how they kept their students “sauce-free” long enough to pass a test.
“He just said what he felt,” Brandreth told CBS News. “He’s very funny. Prince Philip is the one who said if you see a man opening the car door for his wife, it’s a new car or a new wife.
In 1997, the whole of England was mourning after the death of Princess Diana, he stood out to ease the crisis of her funeral. It was Philip who persuaded two young Princes William and Harry to go behind their mother’s coffin when they didn’t want to. “I’ll walk with you,” he said.
Philip remains healthy and active through his old age, but has suffered a number of failures in recent years. He was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011, and then spent several nights in the hospital in December 2019. A month later, he was forced to give up driving at the age of 97 after crashed into one of his Land Rover vehicles near the family’s royal estate Sandringham.
Philip retired from official royal duties in 2017 and public appearances have become rare. He underwent a recent coronavirus confinement at Windsor Castle with the queen.
The royal family rarely confesses, and we don’t know what Philip thinks of the queen’s dazzling tribute to him on their golden anniversary, but some of her words can be used. epitaph for him:
“He’s simply my strength and stayed all these years,” said the king. “Me and his family, this country and many other countries owe him more debt than he could ever claim, or we’ll know.”