Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen’s husband, has died at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle in England.
The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
“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,” the statement said.
The statement said that further announcements would be made in due course. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss,” it added.
The Duke of Edinburgh had been hospitalized several times in recent years. He was admitted to hospital earlier this year for an infection and surgery for a pre-existing heart condition and released in March after his longest stay in a hospital. The Palace confirmed at the time that Prince Philip’s condition was unrelated to COVID-19. The Queen and the duke both received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations in January.
In 2011, the Duke underwent angioplasty and stenting following a blocked coronary artery.
Though he had successfully undergone surgery, he was later admitted to the hospital several times for different reasons.
He was treated for infection, as well as underwent abdominal surgery and hip replacement.
Prince Philip retired from public life in 2017 after decades of supporting the Queen and attending events for his charities and organizations.
The Queen and the Duke have spent the past year at Windsor Castle, after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In April 2020, The Duke made a rare appearance since his retirement to thank key workers for their work during the pandemic.