Royal Family announce Prince Philip has died aged 99 - updates as tributes flood in

The Duke of Edinburgh has died aged 99, it has been announced.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:05 pm

The Royal Family confirmed the death of the Queen’s husband in a statement today.

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.’

Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.

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Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

The duke and the Queen were married for more than 70 years and Philip dedicated decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.

He officially retired from public engagements in the summer of 2017.

Philip had returned to Windsor Castle on March 16 to be reunited with the Queen after spending a month in hospital – his longest ever stay.

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Reaction after Prince Philip dies aged 99

Last updated: Friday, 09 April, 2021, 16:11

  • Prince Philip has died aged 99, the Royal Family has announced

Duke of Edinburgh was ‘a gallant officer’

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter said: “It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh this morning. His Royal Highness has been a great friend, inspiration and role model for the Armed Forces and he will be sorely missed.

“The Duke of Edinburgh served among us during the Second World War, and he remained devoted to the Royal Navy and the Armed Forces as a whole. His candour and his humour made many a serviceman and servicewoman chuckle on the countless visits that he made to the Armed Forces.

“He cared deeply about the values, standards and sense of service embodied in the military ethos. He was an immensely popular figure, and he was hugely respected by us all.

“He completed nearly 14 years’ active service with distinction. He was a gallant officer whose wartime career included escorting troops between Australia and Egypt and the battle of Cape Matapan as part of the Mediterranean Fleet, for which he was Mentioned in Despatches for ‘bravery and enterprise’. And he was present at the surrender of Japan in 1945.

“A life well lived, His Royal Highness leaves us with a legacy of indomitable spirit, steadfastness and an unshakeable sense of duty.

“From all of us who serve today and who have served, thank you. Our thoughts and goodwill are very much with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time.”

How TV channels are changing schedules following death of Prince Philip

BBC and ITV have changed TV schedules for today following the death of the duke.

Channel 4 will continue to air its usual schedule.

Philip’s unflinching support for Royal Navy museums is honoured

Heritage leaders looking after museums honouring the Royal Navy have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh for his ‘unwavering kindness’ and support.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), said he was ‘deeply saddened’ to head of Prince Philip’s death today.

More tributes from Portsmouth politicians

Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt was among those praising Prince Philip for his service to the nation.

But she also marked his commitment to young people, saying she had seen first hand the impact the Duke of Edinburgh Awards had had on young people.

The Portsmouth North MP said: ‘His was a life of service. To his country and his Queen. He loved the navy and had just zest for life.‘His character, kindness and humour marked him out and he made a huge difference.‘My father has worked for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme so I have seen first hand the impact that would have had on so many young people, not just in the UK.

‘Today, as well as giving thanks for his life, and what a life, I know so many will be thinking of HM The Queen. We all share in her loss and I hope the many tributes paid will bring her some comfort.’

Tributes to ‘charming and cheeky’ Philip

Culture minister Caroline Dineage has paid tribute to the ‘charming and cheeky’ nature of Prince Philip following news of the monarch’s death today.

The Gosport MP said she was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death and added: ‘His Royal Highness gave a lifetime of service to our country. I was lucky enough to meet him on three occasions, each time he was as engaging, charming and cheeky as one would expect, he never disappointed.‘My thoughts are with the Royal Family and Her Majesty The Queen at this sad time.’

Pompey pays tribute to the duke

European monarchies pay tribute to Prince Philip

The Dutch royal family has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and sent its “heartfelt sympathy” to the Queen.

The official Twitter account of the Royal House of the Netherlands posted a message from King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix.

They said: “It is with great respect that we remember His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

“Throughout his long life, he committed himself with dedication to the British people and to his many duties and responsibilities.

“His lively personality never ceased to leave an unforgettable impression.

“Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy goes out to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and all the members of the Royal Family.”

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden said in a statement: “The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

“Prince Philip has been a great friend of our family for many years, a relation which we have deeply valued.

“His service to his country will remain an inspiration to us all.

“We offer our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.”

The Belgian Royal Palace has said they are “deeply saddened” by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, tweeting a tribute along with photos of the family with Philip.

The Palace said: “Deeply saddened by the passing away of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.

“Philippe and Mathilde.”

Floral tributes left outside Buckingham Palace

Members of the public have started placing floral tributes at the front gates of Buckingham Palace.

Bunches of daffodils were among more than 40 floral tributes placed by the palace gates, with many people opting to wear masks while paying their respects.

Mounted police reminded those gathered to adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain two metres apart from other groups.

Makers of The Crown are ‘deeply saddened’ by the duke’s death

The makers of royal drama The Crown have said they are ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.

A statement said: ‘Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

‘Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.’

How our readers have paid tribute to Philip

Our readers have shared their tributes and condolences following the death of the duke.

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