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Prince Philip Dead — the Love of Queen Elizabeth's Life Was 99
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband," a royal communications statement read Friday . "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." Prince Philip — who retired from his public duties in August 2017 — is survived by his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, their daughter Princess Anne and their three sons: next-in-line-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and closest confidant and advisor, dies at 99
The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, was the undisputed master of the British royal household for more than seven decades. Philip was known equally as a curmudgeon and a charmer who could quickly put nervous guests at ease with an easy (and sometimes outrageous) one-liner. Courtiers, his own children and the queen herself backed down under the quick flash of his temper, and guests at Buckingham Palace were expected to stay up to speed with his lively intellect and encyclopedic command of facts or were hastily dismissed as not worth the duke’s time.
It was the longest royal marriage in British history, spanning more than 70 years. But it started in the most mundane circumstances, on a rainy July afternoon in Dartmouth, England.
The future Queen of England and her sister, Margaret, had been taken along to visit their father's old naval college, but an outbreak of mumps meant the girls were separated from the potentially infectious crowds of young cadets. They were whisked away to the college's headmaster's house instead.
But the boredom of a stuffy afternoon indoors was soon shattered. The 13-year-old Elizabeth's eye was caught by a tall, blonde young man, introduced to her as her third cousin, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.
Philip took the royals out to the tennis courts, where he impressed the teenager by jumping over the nets. He spent the weekend with her and her family, during which time Elizabeth developed a fully-fledged crush on the 18-year-old royal—reportedly her first, and only, love.
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LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip was the longest serving royal consort in British history by more than a decade when he died Friday at 99. It was a role he assumed in 1952 when his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, ascended to the throne after the sudden death of her father King George VI. In Britain, the husband or wife of the monarch is known as the consort, a position that carries immense prestige but has no constitutional role. Here are some of the other royal consorts, past and future.QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHERThe mother of the current queen came to be known affectionately in Britain as The Queen Mum.
But World War II broke out the following September, and 18-year-old Philip was called to his duties in the Royal Navy. Although they kept in touch through letters, the pair didn't spend any long periods of time together until 1946, when the Prince began regularly visiting Buckingham Palace. Elizabeth, by this time, was the more appropriate age of 20.
In 1946, Philip wrote to the Queen, who he nicknamed 'Lilibeth', apologising for inviting himself to the Palace. "Yet however contrite I feel," he wrote, "there is always a small voice that keeps saying 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' – well did I venture and I gained a wonderful time."
Philip proposed to her later that year, and the two married in 1947 in a ceremony that was broadcasted over the radio to 200 million people worldwide.
The couple had two children together before Elizabeth became Queen at 25. They would go on to have two more children, and the couple would enjoy the birth of eight grandchildren and six grand-grandchildren.
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Queen Elizabeth's husband, 99, "passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," according to a statementThe Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles officially tied the knot in a civil ceremony on April 9, 2005, at Windsor Castle. Since they were both divorced, they had a civil marriage ceremony followed by a blessing at Windsor Castle instead of a church service.
Royal duties took the couple across the world—Philip alone racked up over 22,000 official solo visits during decades as the Queen's consort. He retired from public duty in 2017 at the age of 96.
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The royals are reticent over their private life, but the Queen hinted at her feelings towards Philip in 1997. "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years," she said. "I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know."
Prince Philip was equally as complementary, reflecting that "the main lesson we have learnt is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient in any happy marriage... You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance."
At the news that Philip has passed away, we've looked back over the couple's incredible marriage, paying tribute to a love which weathered difficult circumstances even in the public eye. This is the story of a true royal romance.
Son says Philip's death has left 'huge void' in queen's life .
LONDON (AP) — The death of Prince Philip has left a “huge void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences in memory of the monarch's husband. Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, attended church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor along with other members of the royal family, two days after the 99-year-old Philip died at Windsor Castle.