Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and companion of Queen Elizabeth 2 passed away on April 9 at the age of 99. The longest-serving consort in British, Prince Philip took his last breath in Windsor Castle. His Royal Highness was undergoing treatment for an infection in the hospital of London and was discharged three weeks ago.
The Royal Family announced his demise from Buckingham Palace via a statement, “It is with deep sorrow that her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.” the statement further added, “ His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be done in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss”, reported by CNN world.
How did he die?
It was because of the long period of Duke’s poor health. His Highness spent a long month in the hospitals of London. He was getting treated for an infection and also went under heart surgery. He got discharged in the mid of March month.
Duke’s funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. “Following the customs and with His Royal Highness’s last wishes,” The College of Arms that manages several ceremonial aspects of the royal family made this statement on Friday.
Also, the statement made by The College of Arms said that the Duke is not going to have a state funeral and it would not be continued by a lying-in-state. All these funeral arrangements are made seeing the serious situations arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the members of the public have been requested to not attend or participate in the funeral events of Prince Philips.
The Duke of Edinburgh was much more than being related to the queen.
Here are some of the interesting facts about Prince Philip:
- Prince Philip first met Queen Elizabeth 2 when she was only 13years old.
- His Highness’s sisters did not attend the royal wedding as they were married to the Germans. The tiff between Britain and Germany didn’t allow his sisters to be present at the royal wedding.
- Prince Philip was the first male member who lived long for 99 years in the Royal Family.
- His highness was the Prince of Greece and Denmark and the only son of Prince Andrew and Princess Battenberg.
- The Duke of Edinburgh was a published author, naval officer, and pilot with a license.
- He has a very troubled childhood due to the political upheave and forced exemption from Greece. The Prince hid in an orange crate while leaving the country safely.
- In May 1961, the first British Royal, Prince Philip gave his first-ever TV interview.
- After leaving Greece with his family to Britain, his Royal Highness took Mountbatten, his mother’s surname.
- During World War 2 when Japan surrendered, Prince Philip was nearby. In 1945, he was a naval office posted in Tokyo Bay. He even described this earlier and said he was just 200 yards away and saw everything with binoculars.