The Diplomatic Informer Magazine SA wishes to extend our sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing away of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
“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,” Buckingham Palace annonced in a statement.
Britain’s Prince Philip, a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died Friday at the age 99. The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once described him as her “strength.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the former navy commander devoted much of his life as the queen’s consort to charity work was admitted to hospital on 16 February 2021, and went home after a month during which he was treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection.
Announcing his passing, BBC television played the national anthem over a picture of Philip in his prime, dressed in military dress uniform
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was by the queen’s side for nearly eight decades, retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96.
His death comes just months before his 100th birthday in June – an event typically marked in Britain with a congratulatory message from the queen, who is now Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
The couple, who celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November, had been living largely in isolation at Windsor Castle, west of London, because of their advanced age put them at heightened risk from COVID-19.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen received their first vaccinations against the virus in January.
His Royal Highness was previously fitted with a stent in 2011 after suffering from a blocked artery and also had a hip operation in 2018 and in January 2019.
Since the pandemic, Philip has made few public appearances. He was last seen at a staged appearance at a military ceremony at Windsor Castle in July, days after attending the wedding ceremony of his granddaughter Princess Beatrice.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the queen have four children – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward – eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving consort in British history, was born on the island of Corfu with Danish and Greek royal titles.
He fled the country when he was just 18 months old with his parents and four sisters, after his uncle, King Constantine of Greece, was forced to abdicate. The family initially settled in France.
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was formally introduced to Princess Elizabeth at that time, the future Queen, in July 1939 and they kept in touch during the war, meeting on a number of occasions.
The pair married in Westminster Abbey in London in 1947. A rising star in the British navy, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Philip had reached the rank of commander by the time Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952. He eventually shelved his personal ambitions to support his wife in the role.
Over the ensuing decades he was involved in numerous charities, including the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme for young people.
May His Soul rest in peace