Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband to British monarch Queen Elizabeth II has died at age 99.
He passed on April 9th, 2021. Prince Phillip was the longest-serving consort of any British monarch, having stayed married and served The Crown for 65 years.
The official statement from Buckingham Palace reads;
“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.
Friday, 9 April 2021″
In his active days, Prince Phillip helped to bring several notable changes to the monarchy and Britain in general especially in the areas of new media and environmental policies. He is credited for insisting on televising the Queen’s coronation in 1953, signifying a change from radio to TV.
He also organised the first groundbreaking documentary on the royal family. Prince Phillip was the first British royal to grant a televised interview.
“The queen inherited from her father a model of monarchy that was very hands-off, old-fashioned and slightly invisible,” said Sarah Gristwood, a historian and the author of “Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown.”
“It wasn’t equipped to deal with a new media age, and Prince Philip played a huge role in moving it forward then.”
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The Duke of Edinburgh is originally a Grecian Prince but fled his country for Britain as a baby when his uncle was forced to abdicate.
Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth’s union is a great story of love. The pair, both cousins— great-great-grandchildren of queen victoria– met at a wedding in 1934. Phillip who was then in the military — navy– would exchange love letters with Elizabeth as their love grew. They could be seen touring London in Phillip’s tiny MG” sports car as well dancing in nightclubs.
The couple got married in Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, after Phillip renounced his Greek royal title and became a British citizen.
He then received a title from Elizabeth’s father, King George V, and became the Duke of Edinburgh.
Over the years, The Queen has spoken highly of Prince Phillip and his immeasurable support to her and the Crown. During their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997, she acknowledged him as her “strength and stay”
“I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know,” she said at the time.
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