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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has Died

By PolizeiBerlin - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died this morning at the age of 99.

Prince Philip passed away at Windsor Castle. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

The news came this morning via a statement from Her Majesty The Queen.

On 16 February Philip was admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital as a "precautionary measure" after feeling unwell. On 1 March 2021, Philip was transferred by ambulance to St Bartholomew's Hospital to continue treatment for an infection, and additionally to undergo "testing and observation" relating to a pre-existing heart condition.

He underwent a successful procedure for his heart condition on 3 March and was transferred back to King Edward VII's Hospital on 5 March. He was discharged on 16 March.

Prince Philip was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant.

He joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 18.

After World War II, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and styles, became a naturalized British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents' surname Mountbatten.

He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was granted the style His Royal Highness and created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King George VI.

Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was made a British prince in 1957.

Philip had four children, Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.


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