Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, passes away at 99

LONDON — Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband and Duke of Edinburgh, has died at age 99.

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LONDON — Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and Duke of Edinburgh, died at age 99 at Windsor Castle. On March 16th, he left King Edward VII’s Hospital following a month-long stay receiving treatment.

The royal family made the announcement on Twitter Friday morning.

“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,” the tweet said. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Philip, the longest-serving consort of any British monarch, retired from his public role in 2017 and stayed largely out of the view since. In his active years, he helped set a new course for the monarchy under a young queen.

Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1921, Philip was sent to live in England with his grandmother in 1928. He served in Britain’s military after graduating from the Royal Naval College in 1939.

Just a few months later, Philip met his future wife, then known as Princess Elizabeth. They were married in 1947. Philip renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles to marry her.

Philip’s relationship with the young Princess Elizabeth began as a story of young love.

“We behave as though we had belonged to each other for years,” Elizabeth wrote in a letter to her parents shortly after they married.

Over the years, the queen acknowledged Philip’s deep influence on her, calling him her “strength and stay” in a speech on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

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