This morning Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Queen’s husband for 73 years
The Duke of Edinburgh, often quoted as the Queen’s “strength and stay” for 73 years, has died aged 99.
Flags on landmark buildings in Britain will be lowered to half-mast as a period of mourning has been announced.
Prince Philip’s health had been poor for some time, stepping down from royal engagements in May 2017, joking that he could “no longer stand up”. One final official public appearance was made later that year during a Royal Marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.
Since 2017 he’s been rarely seen in public, spending most of his time on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk and moving to be with her at Windsor Castle during lockdown throughout the Covid-19 pandemic where the couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November 2020.
He also celebrated his 99th birthday in lockdown at Windsor Castle.
Rest in Peace