In a statement shortly after midday Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband:
“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.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
Further announcements will be made in due course.
The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, a younger son of King George I of the Hellenes. His mother, Princess Alice, was a daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg and a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
Philip served in the Royal Navy from 1939 to February 1947 when he renounced his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark and became a naturalised British subject. He changed his surname from Battenberg to Mountbatten, an anglicisation of the German name of his mother’s family.
The day before he married the heiress to the British throne Princess Elizabeth, King George VI bestowed the title of His Royal Highness on Philip and on the morning of the wedding day he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. The royal wedding ceremony was broadcast live from Westminster Abbey on 20 November 1947.
The duke then returned to his naval career and was posted to Malta but in July 1951 he definitely took leave from the Royal Navy. During the couple’s 1952 tour of the Commonwealth, King George VI, Elizabeth’s father, died at 56. The fateful news reached them while they were in Kenya and Philip realised that his primary role was to support his wife as the Queen’s consort.
The Duke of Edinburgh was patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations. In 2016 he carried out 110 days of engagements, making him the fifth busiest member of the royal family, according to Court Circular listings.
After decades of supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations, Prince Philip announced his retirement in May 2017.