His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and husband to Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99 on the morning of Friday, April 9. “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,” Buckingham Palace shared.
The post added, “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
At 99-years-old, the Duke had health scares every now and then. Prince Philip was admitted to the private King Edward VII hospital on February 16 after feeling under the weather, and for, “rest and observation,” per Reuters. He was given treatment for an unspecified illness, but Buckingham Palace noted it was not related to COVID-19.
The hospital check-in transitioned into an extended stay, and he began treatment for an infection, Buckingham Palace later revealed. Nearly two weeks into his stay, the Duke was transferred to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital for cardiac treatment, according to the Telegraph.
Prince Philip was last seen in public leaving the King Edward VII hospital in a wheelchair on March 16. He eventually returned home to Queen Elizabeth II in Windsor Castle after a total of 28 nights in the hospital. The stay marked his longest time at a hospital, per the Telegraph.
At the time, Prince Philip’s eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, initially seemed optimistic about the stay. “I am thrilled about it,” Prince Charles said, per Reuters.
Buckingham Palace also issued a statement where the Duke thanked all the medical staff helping him. A royal source told Reuters that, “the prince was in good spirits.”
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