On Friday, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died. He was 99.
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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," a statement from the royal family said.
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
According to Fox News, Philip was admitted to a London hospital in early February. On March 3, he underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition and was then transferred back to King Edward VII hospital. He was released to go home on March 16.
Philip's full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen's Service Order, Privy Counselor.
His son, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.
Philip was born June 10, 1921, as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark. He joined the navy at 18 and served during World War II. He wed Queen Elizabeth before she ascended to the throne in 1952.
He and The Queen have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was actively involved in a range of organizations and causes, specifically environmental awareness. He served as the first president of the World Wildlife Fund from 1961 to 1982 and later international president and president emeritus.
For more than 50 years, Philip chaired the judging panel for The Prince Philip Designers Prize, which recognized the innovation of designers and engineers. He was also the namesake for The Duke of Edinburgh Award, which honors youth achievement in the world.
An active sportsman, Philip played polo until 1971. He also enjoyed yachting and flying.
"Whatever happens, don't give up and don't despair," he once said. "Results may not be immediately apparent, but you may have touched a receptive chord without knowing it."
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