Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip dead at age 99

LONDON (HRNW) – Britain s Prince Philip, a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II s side for decades, died Friday at age 99, Buckingham Palace announced.

The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once described him as her “strength and stay all these years”. The outspoken former navy commander devoted much of his life as the queen s consort to charity work — but was notorious for numerous gaffes, many deemed downright offensive.

He was admitted to hospital on February 16, 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

Philip, who was by the queen s side for nearly eight decades, retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96. His death came 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.

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