The royal family announced on Friday that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II for more than seven decades, has died.
He was 99 years old.
“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,” the royal family announced in a tweet. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
The couple were married for 73 years.
In a piece calling his life “extraordinary,” the BBC wrote of him, in part, “When peace came [after World War II], and with it eventual economic recovery, Philip would throw himself into the construction of a better Britain, urging the country to adopt scientific methods, embracing the ideas of industrial design, planning, education and training. A decade before Harold Wilson talked of the ‘white heat of the technological revolution,’ Philip was urging modernity on the nation in speeches and interviews. And as the country and the world became richer and consumed ever more, Philip warned of the impact on the environment, well before it was even vaguely fashionable.”
Prince Philip was born in Greece, on the island of Corfu, on June 10, 1921.
His family were members of Greek and Danish royalty—and were banished from Greece when he was young.
He lived in France, Germany and Britain, and in 1947 married Queen Elizabeth, before she ascended the throne in 1952.
The couple’s Westminster Abbey ceremony was broadcast throughout the world by radio, as Biography.com reported—and “on the morning of the wedding, Philip became the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.”
The couple have four children—Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward—as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Philip’s full title at the time of his death was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor, as Fox News pointed out.
A former naval officer and a highly proficient polo player in his youth, Prince Philip “enjoyed robust health well into old age but had several health issues in recent years,” the outlet also noted.
As tributes, reaction and more information continue to pour in on Friday morning, CNJ has rounded up a few tweets about Prince Philip’s passing—here are a few.
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—By CNJ Staff