Prince Philip’s Death

Prince Philips Death

It was Friday, April 9th when the tragic news struck that 99 year old Prince Philip had passed away. He was married to Queen Elizabeth and they were Britain’s longest-serving consort and were married for over 70 years. 

“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 palace said.

He passed away peacefully in the Windsor castle and sources say it was from natural causes seeing as he was hospitalized a month before after having serious health issues in his old age. He had 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren all of which showed up at his funeral to give their condolences. Unlike his quiet and reserved wife Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip was known for his boldness and his witty comments.

“All her life she was surrounded by men who said, ‘yes ma’am,’ and he was one man who always told her how it really was, or at least how he saw it,” said royal historian Robert Lacey.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip laughing accompanied by Prince William

His funeral is said to happen next Saturday. Those attending will be all of the royal family not including Prince Harry’s wife Meghan who was cautioned by her doctor to not travel while pregnant due to the pandemic. Harry still plans to attend the funeral despite the tension that remains between him and his wife with the rest of the royal family. This tension arose after Harry and Meghan’s infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey where they made many allegations regarding mistreatment and problems with the establishment itself. 

 

“So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered — by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts,” said Harry. 

His funeral plans will still have restrictions due to the pandemic, but it will be eco-friendly and include many of the same aspects that many of the royal funerals have had before. 

 

Sources:

Dean, Sarah, et al. “Harry Pays Tribute to ‘Cheeky’ Grandpa Prince Philip as He Arrives in UK for Funeral.” CNN, Cable News Network, 12 Apr. 2021, www.cnn.com/2021/04/12/uk/prince-harry-prince-philip-funeral-gbr-intl/index.html.

Foster, Max, et al. “Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s Longtime Consort, Will Be Laid to Rest in Low-Key Ceremony.” CNN, Cable News Network, 12 Apr. 2021, www.cnn.com/2021/04/09/europe/prince-philip-saturday-gbr-intl/index.html.