The Queen and the British nation is mourning the loss of “strength and stay” the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, who has died aged 99.
The deceased married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen, and was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Confirming the demise of Prince Philip through a statement: “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.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
United Kingdom Prime Minister Borris Johnson in his condolescence message hailed prince philip for his steadfast support to the government.
“We give thanks as a nation and a kingdom to the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip.”
Life And Work Of The Duke Of Edinburgh
Prince Philip was born in Corfu, Greece, on 10 June 1921 as the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg, hence giving him the title of ‘Prince of Greece and Denmark’.
Prince Philip and his family had to leave Greece when he was just 18 months old, due to the political instability of the country. His uncle, Constantine I, the King of Greece, was forced to abdicate.
During the First World War, Prince Philip’s grandfather, Prince Louis of Battenberg, changed the family’s name to Mountbatten.
Prince Phillip adopted this name when he became a naturalised British subject and renounced his Royal title in order to marry the then Princess Elizabeth. He was then bestowed with the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
The duke had a successful naval career, during which he saw active service in the Second World War.
The palace announced in May 2017 that the duke had decided, with full support of the Queen, to officially retire from public duties.
The couple had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.