World Changing of the guard: Prince Philip's death brings younger royals into focus
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.
LONDON —The, the steadfast consort at Queen Elizabeth II's side for , comes at a time when the royal family is under .
It brings the next generation of royals into sharp focus, with observers questioning how the traditional institution might take shape in younger hands.
Modernizing the monarchy may mean a smaller number of working royals; more virtual engagements, which began during the; and less prominence given to set-piece ceremonial royal calendar events, in line with trends in other European royal households, said Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and author.
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.
"The monarchy has existed for over a thousand years and has reinvented itself numerous times over the centuries to reflect changing societal norms, political conditions and public opinion," Harris told NBC News.
She added that Philip's death was likely to "accelerate" and increase the public duties given to younger royals and cast a greater spotlight onand his son — both heirs to the throne.
The last few years have been tough on the United Kingdom.
It has endured a messy and protractedfollowing the and the highest death toll in Europe and is now mourning the death of a senior royal, each denting and recasting the collective national identity.
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s Activist Husband, Dies at 99
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband and confidant of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II since 1947, has died. He was 99. The prince “passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” according to an emailed statement Friday from the Queen’s officials.Philip’s death comes at a moment of profound change for the U.K. Five years after the vote to leave the European Union, Britain is trying to heal the wounds from the Brexit process, while recovering from the pandemic that pushed the economy into its deepest recession for 300 years.
The queen, 94, is seen by many as a stabilizing figurehead, defined by her quiet custodianship of the institution through controversies and crises.
But with the, the Duke of Edinburgh, the shift from the old guard may also bring a change in royal attitudes and values.
"The younger generations of the royal family are more inclined to speak their minds and prioritize their personal lives in addition to their royal duties," Harris said.
She noted that Prince Charles was criticized for speaking out on issues such as, inner cities and homeopathic medicines, in contrast to the non-interference and guarded private persona that has characterized Elizabeth's reign.
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Public squabbling among younger royals — including between Prince William and his wife, Catherine, and the self-exiledand his wife, Meghan — generating headlines in the British and American press has also put the family under .
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William and Kate could also seek a more holistic balance between their public duties and their family life with their three children, Harris said.
Unlike the queen and Philip, who married in 1947, the couple have often brought theiron foreign royal tours, such as their , a trend that could continue. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also undertaken shorter international trips and carried out more virtual royal engagements, changes that could become more permanent.
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But for some, although the family itself may embrace change, the depth of the royal institutions will remain entrenched.
"The old guard is still going to be the old guard. Prince Charles is older," said Marlene Koenig, author of European and British royal biographies.
"He [Charles] is what I call a transition. The real focus is William and Catherine," she added.
Koenig said the fact that the monarchy knew how to evolve at all was in part down to Philip, who, much like Queen Victoria's husband, Albert, had reshaped the institution by being open to some new ideas.
Analysis: The Queen has lost her 'strength and stay'
Prince Philip's death will change how the monarchy operates.(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.
Philip supported the TV broadcast of Elizabeth's 1953 coronation, allowing the masses to tune in. He also advocated the scrapping of upper-class debutantes being formally presented at court — a practice he called "daft," which ended in 1958. Instead, he championed annual summer garden parties at Buckingham Palace as a way to meet and recognize the achievements of everyday people.
Years later he was also the driving force in a rare behind-the-scenes BBC documentary of royal life in 1969, making the family more accessible to the public.
In an early form of reality TV, the show tapped into British curiosity of life behind palace walls, a fascination that has continued to modern day with millions tuning in to a. The royal family's life has also led to the global success of the
Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, learned how to adapt to social media and Zoom calls. In a lighthearted interview, Harry told television host James Corden in February that his grandfather would often slam down his laptop to abruptly end online calls with the family.
In front of the cameras too "forceful but funny," Philip "was someone who was willing to speak his mind," Koenig said. She acknowledged that often this left him prone to gaffes and criticism, which, she thought humanized him.
As the institution of the royal family continues to evolve, change may also be felt in the Commonwealth, where Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and Barbados have recently expressed interest in becoming republics — an issue future monarchs will have to grapple with.
For now, "the monarchy will continue to reinvent itself," Harris said. It "will endure in Britain for the foreseeable future."
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