Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth is dead.
He was aged 99.
His death was announced by Buckingham Palace.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: ‘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.’
Other members of the Royal Family have been informed of his death and it is expected that flags across the country will be lowered to half mast. The Duke, the longest-reigning consort in British history, had recently been treated at King Edward VII Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital for an infection Over the coming days funeral arrangements will be made for the Duke who was the longest-reigning consort in British history.
He previously said that he didn’t want a fuss over his funeral, adding that he didn’t want to lie-in-state at Westminster Hall. He will be buried in Frogmore Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle where the Queen liked to walk her corgis – he installed the royal yacht Britannia’s dining room at Frogmore House.
Prince Philip, was the Queen’s ‘strength and guide’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her rock during her 69-year reign.