Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died

Buckingham Palace has announced that His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died.

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
The Duke of Edinburgh is seen trying the passenger's seat of the new 3.5 litre Jaguar XKSS sports car during his visit to the Motor Industry Research Association's headquarters near Nuneaton, Warwickshire
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died
Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died

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Prince Philip - the Duke of Edinburgh - has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has said.

A statement from the Palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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The duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March after spending nearly a month in hospital his longest ever stay. He initially received care for an infection but then underwent a heart procedure for a pre-existing condition.

While he was at King Edward VII hospital, he was visited by his eldest son Charles, the Prince of Wales, who made a 200-mile round trip to see his father.

Into his 90s, the Duke carried out a busy programme of public engagements, reflecting his own charitable interests. He also travelled around the country supporting the Queen, both on state occasions and royal visits. For a man of his age, he enjoyed relatively good health.

He was taken to the hospital over Christmas in 2011 for treatment for a blocked artery.

In 2012 he was admitted to the hospital during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a bladder infection, and in 2013 had an exploratory operation on his abdomen.

But it was not until May 2017, after carrying out more than 20,000 solo public engagements, that the 96-year-old retired from his own programme of royal duties, occasionally stepping out to support the Queen for big events. No official details have been released yet about the Duke's funeral, but it is understood he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.

The Queen will sign off the final plans in the coming days.

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu in 1921. At the age of 18, the prince joined the Royal Navy as a cadet.

He saw active service during the Second World War, serving in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, and was mentioned in despatches for his bravery. In 1947 he renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles, took on the surname of Mountbatten and became a naturalised British subject ahead of his marriage to Princess Elizabeth.

Their wedding was the first great state occasion after the end of the Second World War.

His commitment to the Queen was unfaltering. He gave up his career in the Navy in order to support her in her role as monarch.

The Queen has described Prince Philip as her "constant strength and stay".

They had four children - Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward - and he was a much-loved grandfather and great-grandfather. He saw himself as a moderniser within the British monarchy, orchestrating the first royal walkabout - but he was also known for his forthright views and off-the-cuff remarks.

Prince Philip's concern for young people inspired him to create the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and he supported more than 800 charities and good causes - focusing on his interests in wildlife conservation, technology and sport.

Prince Philip will also be known in the car scene, Prince Philip has been a lifelong petrol head, relishing the opportunity to jump behind the wheel at royal visits throughout the years.

He has cruised around in school coaches, double-decker buses, tanks and bikes and owned an impressive personal collection of rare and vintage motors, Indeed the dashing Prince wooed a young Prince Elizabeth in 1939 wife when he turned up in his 'fast MG sports car' and took her for a ride around London. 

 In 2016, Prince Philip drove Barack Obama, with Queen Elizabeth and Michelle Obama sitting in the back, during the US president's state visit to Britain.

A 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe that was made to order for the Duke of Edinburgh, winning Aston Martin its first Royal Warrant, has been sold at auction.

Prince Philip also had his old Aston Martin sports car  - a 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe - modified so the Queen could check her hat using an extra vanity mirror and he could make prank calls to Prince Charles on a radiotelephone. 

The four-seater car was made especially for the Prince and won Aston Martin its Royal Warrant. He used it to take Prince Charles to and from Cheam prep school and for trips to Cowdray Park for the polo. 

He will be sadly missed but always remembered.

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