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World Analysis: The Queen has lost her 'strength and stay'

00:55  10 april  2021
00:55  10 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather. Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband "a greater "He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has , quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and 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." The Queen expresses her admiration

Having Her Majesty as Royal patron or president provides vital publicity for the work of these organisations, and allows their enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised. I think I speak for my generation when I say that the example and continuity provided by The Queen The Queen carries out all of her duties against the backdrop of a full personal life which has seen her raise four children and welcome grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren to the Royal Family. The Duke of Edinburgh has been – in her own words – her ‘ strength and stay ’ during her reign, whilst

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(CNN) -- You may notice this week's edition of Royal News is a little late. We'll be honest -- we had an entirely different version of the newsletter ready for you. But minutes before hitting send, we got the word from Buckingham Palace breaking the news of Prince Philip's death.

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Prince Philip has died at 99. Follow the latest updates as the royal family and people around the world react to his death. Longest-serving consort of a British monarch, described by the Queen as her ‘ strength and stay ’.

Throughout his life Prince Philip was a constant presence by the Queen ’s side. Just as Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning British monarch, Philip held the record as the longest-serving consort. The couple was married for more than 70 years, and theirs was a love match right from the start. Their first proper encounter was in 1939, when the young naval cadet Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was asked to entertain 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Princess Margaret, while their parents toured Britannia Royal Naval College, in Dartmouth, southwestern England.

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The Queen's longtime companion, the Duke of Edinburgh, was 99 years old.

Despite all the planning for this eventuality, it still came as a deep shock. He was the one constant by the monarch's side -- her closest adviser, confidant and partner throughout their 73-year marriage.

As the nation mourns his passing and reflects on how difficult it must be for the royal family today, one small comfort for the Queen may be how much time she got to spend with her beloved husband over the last 12 months. The couple took up residence with a small circle of household staff at Windsor Castle, west of London, as the coronavirus pandemic hit the United Kingdom last spring.

Theirs was an epic love story spanning decades, which started as a wartime romance. Marrying a few years after World War II, a young Princess Elizabeth acceded to the British throne, much earlier than either of them had anticipated, on the death of her father, King George VI.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II—A Royal Romance in Pictures

  Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II—A Royal Romance in Pictures Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II's union was longest royal marriage in British history, spanning over 70 years.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 QUEEN delivered an emotional tribute to her husband Prince Philip as she claimed people 'owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim', and that he was ' her strength '. Throughout her 68 years on the throne, Philip was by her side, acting as a rock while the Queen demonstrated her poise as monarch to help ease challenges faced during her seven decades in charge. The pair tried to spend as much time together as possible, but in more recent times the Queen had to stay in Windsor while Philip was observed in London's King Edward VII hospital.

They had met in 1939 when he escorted the future Queen and her sister Margaret during their father King George VI’s visit to the Royal Naval College, where Philip was training. The 13-year-old Elizabeth fell in love with 18-year-old Philip and decided she wanted to marry him. A few months later, at an event to mark their Golden Wedding anniversary, the Queen paid tribute to Prince Philip: “He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has , quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years.” She echoed this upon her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, describing him as a source of

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Mourners lay flowers and gather in front of Buckingham Palace. © Matt Dunham/AP Mourners lay flowers and gather in front of Buckingham Palace.

Philip endured a difficult childhood, spending his early life in exile from his homeland of Greece, from where his family had fled 18 months after his birth in 1921, amid the turmoil of interwar Europe. By the time he met Elizabeth in 1939, he was every bit the alpha male -- a dominant force and strong character as he became a decorated war hero and naval officer.

He devoted himself entirely to the Queen. Those personal sacrifices would define his legacy.

While he may not have been entirely comfortable about taking a secondary role to his wife, he did so without public complaint. It can't have been an easy transition, and there were certainly ups and downs, but he found a public role for himself through his charitable work -- particularly in conservation and through the Duke of Edinburgh awards. He founded that program, which rewards children for achievements in personal development and community involvement, in 1956.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and closest confidant and advisor, dies at 99

  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.

“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her “ strength and stay ”, of more than 70 years. “And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation’s thoughts must turn today. “Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years “So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen , we offer our condolences to her and to all her family and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

"Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather." Flags at Buckingham Palace and on government buildings across the country have been lowered to half-mast. He gave up his driving licence after police gave him a warning for driving without wearing a seatbelt. Known for his forthright manner, Prince Philip was a key source of support for the Queen , who described him as her " strength and stay " throughout their 73-year marriage and her record-breaking

a person talking on a cell phone: A sign announcing the death of Prince Philip is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in London. © Ian West/Pool/Reuters A sign announcing the death of Prince Philip is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in London.

Behind the scenes he was the family patriarch, making key decisions, such as where the children would go to school, or suggesting participation in documentaries to demystify the family for the public. More recently, he worked to handle family crises.

Philip was the only person that the Queen could be "normal" with and they were captured from time to time sharing a laugh together. Even their children have to follow royal protocols, acknowledging her position with a bow or curtsy when seeing her.

Without him, the monarchy as we know it today would not have looked the same. He performed an integral role in the family dynamics which the public were never privy to. His legacy is the lasting and real impact he leaves behind.

His death is a loss for the family, and the Queen no longer has her steadfast support. One thing to watch in the coming months will be how the monarchy evolves. Charles and William will likely step up even more for engagements on the 95-year-old sovereign's behalf than they have been doing in recent years. Philip's death signals a new era for the family and it will take time for them to adjust to a world without him.

Crowds welcomed Prince Philip to Channel Islands

  Crowds welcomed Prince Philip to Channel Islands Following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, BBC News looks at his visits to the Channel Islands.The couple made six trips to the islands between 1949 and 2005.

Trevor Nill, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, Duke of York posing for the camera © PA Images/Getty Images

TRIBUTES POUR IN

The world reacts

Tributes from world leaders are flooding in following the news of Philip's death. US President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, offered their condolences to the Queen, the royal family and the United Kingdom, saying they were keeping the royals "in our hearts during this time." Messages of support and remembrance were also shared by the leaders of the Commonwealth. They included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who remembered the Duke as a man of "great service to others," and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said "he embodied a generation that we will never see again."

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Funeral arrangements expected on Saturday

Funeral arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace on Saturday, according to a royal source. CNN understands that plans for royal funerals have been in place for many years, but the ceremonial elements have had to be altered due to current pandemic restrictions in the UK. On Friday, the College of Arms confirmed that Philip's body will not lie in state, but rest at Windsor Castle ahead of a funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor. A spokesperson for the UK government's Cabinet Office also asked the public not to gather at royal residences or lay floral tributes there, due to the pandemic.

Philip, in role with no job description, was queen’s bedrock

  Philip, in role with no job description, was queen’s bedrock LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip married the heir to the British throne, he knew he was stepping into virtually uncharted territory. There was no official role for the husband of a sovereign queen, no constitutional duty or legal responsibility. “There was no precedent,” he said when he turned 90. “If I asked somebody, ‘What do you expect me to do?’ They all looked blank. They had no idea.” His wife Elizabeth knew exactly what she had to do when she became queen in 1952 after the premature death of her father, King George VI. For Philip, though, her ascension to the throne marked the end of his career as a naval officer and a plunge into uncertainty.

PRINCE PHILIP: A LIFE IN PICTURES 1921 - 2021

While primarily known for his marriage to the Queen, Prince Philip was an extraordinary figure in his own right.

In his seven decades of service, he often accompanied the monarch on royal engagements and conducted thousands of his own solo appearances before stepping back from public life four years ago.

Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine I, was overthrown.

Prince Philip is dressed for a production of "Macbeth" while attending school in Scotland in July 1935.

Prince Philip sits with his fiancee, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1947. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother's maiden name. He was also an officer of the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II.

The Queen and Prince Philip pose for a photo with their children Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew in 1979.

See more pictures from Philip's extraordinary life here:

UK PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT

Shortly after Buckingham Palace's announcement on Friday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to the podium outside Downing Street to honor the Duke of Edinburgh. Here's his full statement:

It was with great sadness that a short time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.

Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth and around the world.

Prince Philip's Funeral: Everything We Know About the Duke's Service & How the Family Is Paying Tribute

  Prince Philip's Funeral: Everything We Know About the Duke's Service & How the Family Is Paying Tribute The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral is set to take place on Saturday, April 17.The Duke of Edinburgh died on April 9 at the age of 99, leaving behind his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth II, their four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was the longest serving consort in history, one of the last surviving people in this country to have served in the second world war at Cape Matapan, where he was mentioned in despatches for bravery and in the invasion of Sicily, where he saved his ship by his quick thinking and from that conflict he took an ethic of service that he applied throughout the unprecedented changes of the post war era.

Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.

He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.

With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.

We remember the Duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.

Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her "strength and stay," of more than 70 years.

And it is to Her Majesty, and her family, that our nation's thoughts must turn today.

Because they have lost not just a much-loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, great-grandfather.

Speaking on their golden wedding anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country owed her husband "a greater debt than he would ever claim or we shall ever know" and I am sure that estimate is correct.

So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen, we offer our condolences to her and to all her family and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Watch the Prime Minister's address here:

Facts about Queen Elizabeth II .
Read CNN's Fast Facts about Queen Elizabeth II and learn more about the Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. © Lewis Whyld/WPA-Pool/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II PersonalBirth date: April 21, 1926 Birth place: London, EnglandBirth name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Father: King George VIMother: Queen ElizabethMarriage: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (November 20, 1947-April 09, 2021, his death) Children: Edward, Earl of Wessex (March 10, 1964); Andrew, Duke of York (February 19, 1960); Anne, Princess Royal (August 15, 1950); Charles, Prince of Wales (November 14, 1948) Grandc

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