The Prince was previously admitted to the hospital. He had returned to the palace on March 16, 2021.
Prince Philip, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, passed away at the age of 99. The news was confirmed by the Royal family through an official statement, according to ABC News. He was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years.
It stated, "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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle." More details about the passing have not been disclosed.
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 (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
The tragic news comes after the Prince returned to Windsor Castle after being hospitalized for a while. A statement released by the Buckingham Palace after his discharge stated, "His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical staff who looked after him... and everyone who has sent their good wishes."
At the time, members of the royal family revealed they were thrilled to have the Duke of Edinburgh back home. According to BBC, Prince Charles told reporters it was "very good news" to hear about the return of his father from the hospital.
The Prince was admitted to King Edward VII's hospital in central London on February 16, 2021. Later, he underwent a procedure at St Bartholomew's for a pre-existing heart condition.
Giving an update about his health in March 2021, Philip's youngest son, Prince Edward stated, "He's a lot better, thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing, so we keep our fingers crossed," according to Hello. He added that his father was "a bit" frustrated to be in the hospital.
"I think that gets to all of us, and then you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting. We've had some brilliant and lovely messages from all sorts of people and we really appreciate that and so does he, I've been passing them on. It's fantastic, thank you," said Prince Edward.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the Prince's illness was not associated with the pandemic. He along with the Queen received their vaccinations in January. The duo publicized the matter as they believed it would encourage the public to take vaccinations.
Prince Philip was a devoted companion to the Queen since the day they got married. He retired from royal duties in 2017 at the age of 96. By the time of his retirement, the Prince had completed more than 22,219 solo engagements and more than 630 solo overseas visits. He is survived by his wife, the Queen, four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
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