Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died. He was 99.
Buckingham Palace confirmed his death in an official statement released on Friday morning local time.
“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 official statement reads.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Philip married the Queen in 1947, making theirs the longest marriage of any British monarch.
His Royal Highness will be remembered as much for his sharp wit – and gaffes – as for his loyal public service.
He spent most of his final years out of the spotlight, staying primarily at Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk after retiring from royal duties in 2017 at the age of 96.
In early 2019, Philip escaped serious injury after his car overturned in an accident outside the estate.
Just prior to Christmas, the ageing duke was admitted to a London hospital as a precautionary measure due to a pre-existing condition.