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Prince Philip of England, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, died at age 99 According to Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Prince Philip of England leaves King Edward VII Hospital in London


By Michael Holden, William James and Andy Bruce

LONDON (Reuters) -Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband and leading figure in British royalty for nearly seven decades, has passed away at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace said Friday.

The Duke of Edinburgh, as he is formally known, has been with his wife during her 69 years of reign, the longest in English history. During that time, he was known for a tough, non-meaningless demeanor and at times a tendency to gaffes.

The palace said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”.

“His royal family passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in the appropriate time. The Royal Family together with everyone around the world mourns the loss.” his.”

A Greek prince, Philip married Elizabeth in 1947. He continued to play an important role in modernizing the monarchy in the post-World War II period, and behind the Palace walls. Buckingham Palace is a key figure the queen can turn to and trust. .

“He was, quite simply, my strength and stayed all these years,” Elizabeth said in their 1997 wedding anniversary speech.

Philip was hospitalized for four weeks earlier this year for infection for heart procedures, but returned to Windsor in early March.

His charm and unwillingness to tolerate people he considers stupid or gay has earned him a place of respect among a number of Britons. But for others, his sometimes rude demeanor makes him rude and aloof. He is a delight for newspaper editors interested in any misleading remarks at official events.

The former naval officer admitted that he found it difficult to give up his favorite military career and take on his job as king without a clear constitutional role.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Like the experienced chariot driver, he helped steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an indisputably important institution for balance and conduct. the blessings of our national life ”.


In private, the prince is seen as the undoubted head of his family, but the protocol forces the man dubbed the “second handshake” to dedicate his public life. literally a step away from his wife.

“There is no precedent. If I ask someone ‘what do you expect me to do?’ They are all bewildered – they don’t know, nobody has many ideas,” he said in a commemorative interview. my 90th birthday.

After completing more than 22,000 solo appearances, Philip withdrew from public life in August 2017, although he later appeared occasionally at official engagements.

His last appearance was last July at a military ceremony at Windsor Castle, the royal palace in west London, where he and the monarch resided during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Queen, 94 years old this year, took the throne in 1952 and the couple, as third cousins, married at Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.

They have four children, Prince Charles, heir to the throne, Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew and Edward.

They celebrated their 72nd anniversary on the same day Andrew resigned over controversy over his relationship with the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein, one of the recent crises his family faced.


The death of her husband and most trusted family member will raise questions about whether she might consider abdicating, but royal commentators say little or no chance. out.

In recent years, the queen has cut down on the number of formal engagements she carries out and transferred many royal duties and patronage to Prince Charles, his son William, and royal rulers. other high. But she still carried out the monarchy’s most iconic duties, such as opening parliament.

While formally playing a second role with his wife, Prince Philip is considered the private head of the family.

Some royal watchers have said that his absence in this role in recent years with declining health has played a role in some of the monarchy’s recent crises, for example. like the crisis of son Charles, Prince Harry and wife Meghan, and their decision to have watched them give up their royal roles.

“The main lesson we learned is that tolerance is an essential element of any happy marriage,” Philip said in a speech in 1997.

“It may not be so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when things get tough. You can understand from me that the queen has ample quality of tolerance.”



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