LONDON, UK— Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, and the longest serving consort in British History, died Friday. He was 99.
A statement posted on the royal family’s website Friday morning said:
“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.” the palace said in a statement.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
The Duke of Edinburgh, as he was officially known, had recently been hospitalized with an infection. He left the hospital and returned to Windsor Castle around mid-March after being treated and undergoing a medical procedure, Buckingham Palace had said in a statement.
Philip was first admitted to a London hospital on February 16. He spent time in two different hospitals for a total of 28 nights.
His death comes just 12 days before Queen Elizabeth’s 95th birthday on April 21, two months before what would have been his 100th birthday on June 10.
Under a long-standing plan known as “Operation Forth Bridge,” his death ushers in a period of national mourning.
Philip had insisted that he did not want the “fuss” of a state funeral at Westminster Hall, according to The Times of London. Instead, his body is expected to lie in St. James’s Palace, where Prince Diana’s body lay before her funeral.