The Duke of Edinburgh – Prince Philip has sadly passed away Buckingham Palace has said.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “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.”
The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.
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.
The Queen has always described Prince Philip as her ‘constant strength and stay”.
Together they had four children who are Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward and he was the much loved grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was the great moderniser within the British monarchy and orchestrated the first royal walk about and became well known for sharing his jokes, views and off-the-cuff remarks.
He supported and cared for young people in giving them skills and opportunity by creating the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
He supported 800 charities and good causes with a particular interest in wildlife conservation, technology, and sport.
The Royal Family will make further announcements in due course.