Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces
Friday - 09/04/2021 08:25
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a statement shortly after midday, the palace said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."
The duke, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March after spending a month in hospital.
Boris Johnson said he "inspired the lives of countless young people".
The palace said further announcements would be made "in due course".
"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss," the statement added.
Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister added: "He helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life."
Mr Johnson said he received the news of the duke's death "with great sadness".
"Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world," he said.
'Deep sense of commitment'
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was "saddened" by the death of the duke.
She tweeted: "I send my personal and deepest condolences - and those of scotgov and the people of Scotland - to Her Majesty The Queen and her family."
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the UK had lost an "extraordinary public servant", adding he would be remembered most of all for his most "extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen".
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.
He underwent a procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at another London hospital - St Bartholomew's.
Prince Philip and the Queen had four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Their first son, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, was born in 1948, followed by his sister, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1950, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, in 1960 and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, in 1964.