England’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away, the royal family announced on Twitter on Friday, April 9. The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal ensemble in British history, was at the Queen’s side for more than her six decades of sovereignty.
A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said: “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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March to be reunified with the Queen after spending a month in hospital – his longest stay. He initially received care for an infection but then underwent heart surgery for a pre-existing condition.
Philip was the longest serving consort in British history, and was only months away from his 100th birthday in June. The Royal Family has asked people to consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving flowers in memory of the duke, and an online book of condolence has been launched on the official royal website for those who wish to send messages.
With restrictions still in place amid the Covid-19 outburst, the public elements of the final farewell will not be able to take place in their original form.