Prince Philip has passed away at age 99, Palace announces

The royal family has confirmed that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away at age 99.

A statement from the Palace says: “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.”

The Duke was born in Corfu into the Greek and Danish royal families, but abandoned his titles and became a naturalised British subject upon his engagement to Princess, now Queen, Elizabeth.

His marriage to the Queen followed a distinguished record of service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, during which he served in both the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets.

Upon Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne, the beloved Duke of Edinburgh became the longest-serving consort in the history of the British monarchy. He was a loyal husband to Her Majesty the Queen for 73 years.

His public image was defined by his incredible record of public service, with ties to over 780 charitable organisations, and by his chairmanship of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a programme that encourages self-improvement exercises among Britain’s youth.

His down to earth manner was seized upon by the public for many years, with the Duke being hailed by ordinary Britons for his frankness and sense of humour.

He was also well known as a sportsman, known to enjoy yachting and polo while also serving as a pivotal figure in the development of carriage driving as a sport.

The Duke stepped back from public life in 2017, retiring from the performance of royal duties at age 96 and winding down other official roles in subsequent years. He had stepped down as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles last July and handed over the ceremonial military honour to his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall.

He was admitted to hospital as a precaution on the 16th of February amid reports that he was felling unwell but left after a heart procedure last month.