PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH AND HUSBAND OF BRITAN’S QUEEN ELIZEBETH II DIES AT 99
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II has died, the Buckingham Palace announced Friday. He was 99.
"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. 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,” the official statement read.
The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving British consort. He married the Queen who was then a Princess in 1947, making theirs the longest marriage of any British monarch.
He was born the Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921 but left Greece when he was 18 months. His family moved first to Paris and later, in 1928, to England.
Philip had an itinerant childhood, educated variously in the UK, France, and Germany.
In order to marry, the Duke renounced his Greek title, became a naturalized British subject, and took the surname Mountbatten, derived from his mother's side of the family. The marriage ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey in 1947. He and Elizabeth had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.