Prince Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in the British royal family, has died aged 99.
As he is officially known, the Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalized in late February as a precautionary measure for treatment related to an infection.
On Friday at 9 pm AEST, a statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed his death.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement said. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at . Further announcements will be made in due course.
“The Royal Family join with people worldwide in mourning his loss.”
Friday night, Australian Governor-General David Hurley said it was a “sad and historic day”.Elizabeth II for 73 years, making him the longest-serving royal consort in the British royal family. In a video on
“As we mourn, we should also reflect andHighness’ lifetime of service, devotion, and commitment,” he said. British said Prince Philip would be remembered for his “steadfast support” of the Queen, “not just as her consort, by her side, every day of her reign, but as her husband, her strength and stay of more than 70 years”.
“It is to Her Majesty and her family that our nation’s thoughts must turn today,” Mr. Johnson said.
was an environmentalist and “champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable”. The British prime minister said he inspired countless young people through his Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme. Australian said Prince Philip “embodied a generation that we will never see again”. Mr. Morrison noted he had presided as patron or president of nearly 50 organizations in Australia and connected with the Australian Defence Force. Australians send our love and deepest condolences to Her Majesty and all the Royal family,” Mr. Morrison said in a statement.
“The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of. God bless from all here in Australia.” A Greek prince, , married the Queen in 1947. He went on to play a vital role in modernizing the monarchy in the post-World War II period, and behind the walls of , he was the one key figure she could turn to and trust. The it hard to give up the military career he loved and take on the job as the monarch’s consort for which there was no clear-cut constitutional role. After completing more than 22,000 solo appearances, he retired from public life in 2017, although he occasionally continued to appear at official engagements.