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“It is with deep regret that Her Majesty the Queen announced the death of her dear husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Your Majesty passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the statement reads.
The palace has not released information about the funeral of the prince.
In february, Philip was admitted to a London hospital After feeling sick. He underwent heart surgery and remained in medical care for a month.
The Duke and Queen have been married for more than 70 years, and have become the longest-serving royal couple in the history of England.
The prince traveled around the world with the Queen and undertook a series of social programs in the 1990s, until in 2017 he decided to retire from public life.
Noted for his strong personality, but also because of his missteps and bad jokes, Prince Philip was hospitalized in February for “caution” after feeling bad. Buckingham Palace was identified a few days after hospitalization with an infection.
His son Charles visited him on the first weekend of treatment in the hospital. Prince Philip has been married since November 20, 1947 to Elizabeth II, who is five years younger than him and Queen since 1952, breaking the longevity record for all spouses of British royalty in 2009.
Having participated in more than 22,000 official public engagements since his wife assumed the throne in 1952, the Duke retired from public life in August 2017.
Since then, he has been hospitalized several times, penultimate, in December 2019 due to “pre-existing health problems”.
In January 2019, he had a car accident when the Land Rover he was driving collided with another car when exiting a road near Sandringham. Philip left unscathed, but was forced to stop driving.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, he spent the last year locked up at Windsor Castle with the Queen, except for a summer period at his Scottish castle, Balmoral.
The Queen and her husband were vaccinated in January against COVID-19. Elizabeth II did not visit the Duke in the hospital.
Philip was born in Corfu on June 10, 1921 with the title of Prince of Greece and Denmark. When he was 18 months old, his uncle, the King of Greece, was forced to abdicate, and his father was exiled from the country after the Greco-Turkish War. Philip fled with his parents and four sisters on board a British Army ship.
After studying at a boarding school in Scotland, in 1939 he joined the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, southern England. It was at this time that he met the then Princess Elizabeth, with whom he had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.