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Duke of Edinburgh dies

Prince Philip has died at Windsor Castle at the age of 99

By: Anttoni Numminen

Outside Sir Duncan Rice Library in 2012 - Photograph: University of Aberdeen

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The Palace said in a statement: "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."

HRH was admitted to King Edward VII's hospital in February but was released in March.

The Duke of Edinburgh was to turn 100 in June.

The Royal Family added in a statement: "Further announcements will made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Born in 1921 into the Greek and Danish Royal families on the island Corfu, Greece, his family was exiled from the country in 1922.

He joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 at the age of 18 and started a correspondence with the then 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he later married in 1947.

He served with distinction during WWII and was in active military service until 1952 when Elizabeth became Queen.

Probably best known for founding The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in 1956, he was a Patron, President or a member of over 750 organisations and his passion for industry could be seen in countless visits to research laboratories, coalmines, factories and engineering works.

Considered to have a down-to-earth manner, the Duke of Edinburgh was also noted for his comments, some of which were deemed to be politically incorrect or racist.

In May 2017 it was announced that The Duke of Edinburgh had decided, with full support of The Queen, to no longer carry out public engagements.


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