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Prince Philip has died, age 99

HIS Royal Highness Prince Philip has died today at the age of 99.

Just eight weeks shy of his 100th birthday, the Duke of Edinburgh passed away this morning at Windsor Castle after a number of months battling health in and out of hospital.

A statement from the Royal Family today reads:

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.

Further announcements will made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

The longest-serving royal consort in British history, Prince Philip made a stop in County Durham in 1972 to visit the Clan Motor Company (pictured above), which from 1971 to 1974 manufactured a fibreglass sports car in Washington.

Early this year, the Queen and the Prince were reported to have been vaccinated against Covid-19. In mid-February, the Duke of Edinburgh was taken to hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’ after feeling unwell and while he looked to be responding to treatment, he was transferred by ambulance to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on March 1 to continue treatment for an infection, and additionally to undergo ‘testing and observation’ relating to a pre-existing heart condition.

It was just four years ago that, after carrying out more than 20,000 solo public engagements, that HRH – then aged 96 – retired from royal duties, infrequently stepping into the pubic eye to support the Queen at major happenings.