Prince Philip passes away

Buckingham Palace is in mourning after the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip died.

A statement from the Royal Family posted on Twitter Friday morning said, “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.”

The statement said he “passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.”

It also said another announcement is expected to come, presumably with funeral details.

His Royal Highness recently spent three weeks in the hospital for a heart ailment.

He was 99.

Philip retired from his public role in 2017 and has largely stayed out of public view since.

He was born June 10, 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu, son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and Princess Alice of Battenburg. His father was forced to abdicate when Philip was just an infant.

After graduating from Britannia Royal Naval College at the age of 18, he joined the World War II effort. He was in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered in 1945.

He and then Princess Elizabeth wed on November 20, 1947, and was by her side when she ascended to the Throne in 1952.

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