Following being hospitalized in February for an infection and a preexisting heart condition, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away at age 99 according to Buckingham Palace. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement that “it was with great sadness” that he was told of the prince’s death. Prince Philip was born in Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece on June 10, 1921 and married Queen Elizebeth in 1947 and became the longest British Consort in British history. “His Royal highness passes away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle” read a statement from Buckingham Palace.
During his 73 years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip was her Majesty’s “strength and stay” as Queen Elizabeth once put it. Following King George VI death in 1952, then Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip became the Royal Consort as is customary in British Royal tradition. As the Duke of Edinburgh, he took up more than 22,000 engagements, 637 overseas trips, delivered 5,493 speeches and worked as the patron to over 700 organizations and charitable causes.
Prince long said he did not want a state funeral at Westminster Hall and so will rest at St. Jame’s Palace, the same place Princess Diana’s body lay before her funeral.
Prince Philip, among his many accomplishments and dedication to helping charitable organizations was also known for his talks with the media in which is infamous crude humor often made those around him cringe, that nowadays, most people laugh at. “Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?” He once asked a wealthy resident of the Cayman Islands.
Prince Philip is survived by his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, his children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.