Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 in Greece, and was just three months away from turning 100 has died today on April 9, 2021. Buckingham Palace has confirmed, Prince Philip was taken to hospital in London on the morning as he was feeling “unwell”, later declared dead.
Prince Philip Passes Away At 99
“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.”, the Royal Family said in a Twitter post.
Prince Philip’s health condition prior to his death
Prince Philip had left a London hospital on March 16 after a four-week stay for treatment for an infection and to have a heart procedure.
Philip had been admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital on Feb. 16 after he felt unwell and was given treatment for an unspecified, but not COVID-19-related, illness. He was transferred briefly at the start of this month to a specialist cardiac centre at another London hospital, where he underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.
British PM Johnson gave a speech, thanking Prince Philip’s service to their country Post his Death
“As we mourn, we should also reflect and give thanks for His Royal Highness’ lifetime of service, devotion and commitment.”, he said. “And commitment to the Commonwealth and the many hundreds of organisations – including many here in Australia – of which he served as Patron and for whom he was a passionate advocate and supporter.”
“He was a popular, engaged and welcome visitor to our shores.”
“We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, to the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, duke of Edinburgh”, he said.
Prince Philip’s Funeral: Fourth Bridge is Down
It was reported last year that Prince Philip has refused the offer of a state funeral, and that he instead preferred a private service at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor, in the style of a military funeral.
The Duke was said to have been closely involved with the arrangements of his funeral, which will be co-ordinated by Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace. The Duke will be interred in the mausoleum of Frogmore House at the private Home Park in Windsor, where Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert are buried.
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, end for 72 years of Marriage
A Greek prince, he married Elizabeth in 1947 playing a key role in modernising the monarchy in the post-World War Two period, and behind the walls of Buckingham Palace being the one key figure the queen could turn to and trust.
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” Elizabeth said in a rare personal tribute to Philip made in a speech marking their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
What will happen once the Queen dies? Operation London Bridge
At 92 years old, she is the longest-reigning British monarch, having taken the throne at the young age of 25 in 1952.
She has been the Queen for so long, that it’s hard to see that one day she won’t be the Queen. However, the day is inevitable, and there are careful plans for Elizabeth’s passing to assure the situation is handled gracefully, respectfully, and full of the tradition, pomp, and ceremony the Queen deserves. This plan is called “London Bridge.”
The plan has been in place in one form or another since the 1960s and is regularly updated. It includes contingencies for the various locations she might be, including abroad, in Scotland or in London.
It will be the Prime Minister who learns first and then a well oiled machine will start 10 days of mourning leading up to the biggest state funeral the world has ever seen.