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Prince Philip: The Duke of Edinburgh dies at 99

The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history, Prince Philip is dead.

Buckingham palace reported that His Royal Highness died peaceful on Friday morning, April 9 at windsor castle.

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The Queen described the late whom they have been married together for over 70 years as her strength and stay during their reign.

 “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.”

To honor and and respect the His Royal Highness, flags in the UK have been lowered to half mast.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle. Photo courtesy

Philip has been in and out of hospital and earlier this year had undergone surgery for a pre-existing heart condition

The Duke was then discharged on March 16 and returned at his home in Windsor where he has been spending time until the unfortunate occurrence.

Philip announced that he was stepping down from public engagement on August 2, 2017.

After completion of his education which included a spell in at Gordonstoun School, he proceeded to enrolling at the Royal Navy and served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets in the Second World War.

In 1947 he married princess Elizabeth and when she became the Queen in 1955 he gave up his naval career.

The two served tirelessly for more than 70 years and carried out thousands of appearances and engagements.

Various leaders have taken to their social media pages to condole with the family of the royal leader.

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon while mourning the late said;

I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. I send my personal and deepest condolences – and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland – to Her Majesty The Queen and her family.

In a Press Address today, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson alsont his condolences message.

He inspired the lives of countless young people. 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.” Prime minister Boris Johnson said.

The Duke was just weeks from his milestone 100th birthday on 10 June.

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The Queen and Philip had four children: Prince Charles (now the Prince of Wales), Princess Anne (now the Princess Royal), Prince Andrew (now the Duke of York) and Prince Edward (now the Earl of Wessex).

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