Prince Philip, a leading figure in Britain’s royal family for more than seven decades, has died at the age of 99.
Buckingham Palace announced Friday that the Duke, who married the then 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth in 1941, “died peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning.”
The Duke’s 733 years of marriage was the longest in the United Kingdom’s reign and the Duke was also the longest male monarch in the United Kingdom. He served the public for nearly 70 years Retiring from public life In August 2017.
The death is expected to mark eight days of official mourning for the Duke, who was born in June 1921 in Corfu. His father was a prince of both Greek and Danish families, and his mother belonged to the royal family of Hesse in Germany.
The Duke will remain in the kingdom at St. James’s Palace before being buried in the royal vault of Windsor Castle.
In the growing animosity of the royal family after the Greco-Turkish War, the Duke was transported from Greece as a child in a fruit box on a Royal Navy ship. The Duke first settled in the country as a student at Gordonstown School in the Scottish Highlands because of his close family ties to the United Kingdom. He was running the prince’s previous school in Germany when Kurt Han fled there under the threat of increasing persecution by the Nazi government.
He first met Princess Elizabeth – then 13 – when he showed her and Princess Margaret, His sister, in the vicinity of Dartmouth Naval College, where he studied, in 1999 and the pair began dating. They were married in November 1947. He was the one who informed his wife during a visit to Kenya in February 1952 that his father had died and that he was now the queen.
He will be remembered for his work in establishing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Project in 1955 to encourage young people to engage in community and outdoor activities. He served independently in the Royal Navy during World War II and was an avid amateur pilot.
But he was also known for his tendency to make unscrupulous remarks, most famously in 1986 when he told a group of British students studying in China that if they did not stay, they would go “slit eyes”. In 1996, after the Dunblane genocide of schoolgirls and their teachers, he argued that it was “slightly unreasonable” for the then government to ban private ownership of handguns. He argued that the move was no longer logical than any government that decided to ban cricket bats after using them as weapons.
Nonetheless, the Duke’s main role was to support his wife in a longer monarchy than any other monarch in the United Kingdom, often as an institution and in times of turmoil for both the country as a whole.
Time to celebrate to mark him Diamond Jubilee In 2012, the Queen said her family’s support was “complementary.”
“Prince Philip, I believe, is well-known for diminishing any kind of praise,” he added. “However, everywhere he was, he was a constant force and guide.”