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Prince Philip died with the Queen by his side and spent his final days reading in the sun

Prince Philip was on “good form” in the final days of his life before dying with the Queen by his side, sources have claimed.

The Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from hospital last month after a 28-day stay and surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.

Palace sources said he was “calmer and quieter” during his last days at Windsor Castle and spent his time reading in the sun, writing letters and talking to loved ones on the phone.

He was said to be frustrated by Covid restrictions, which made family visits harder, but he was pleased to be back home.

One well-placed source told the Telegraph: “He spent most of the four weeks he was in hospital trying to get home.

“They operated on his heart in a bid to give him a little longer, maybe with the 100th birthday in mind.

“But he didn’t really care about that.

“He just wanted to be back in his own bed. There is no way he would have wanted to die in hospital.”

Insiders said the duke tried to stay as independent as possible, despite his deteriorating health, and continued to dress himself.

He became furious when a wheelchair was placed in his room, demanding staff “get that bl***y thing out of my sight”.

On one occasion he dropped his glasses and refused to let aide pick them up, insisting on doing it himself.

In the days prior to his death the duke had little appetite but mealtimes were changed so he could dine with the Queen when he felt well enough.

Sources said Prince Philip’s decline was gradual before he became “gravely ill” on Thursday night.

The Queen dismissed any suggestion that he would return to hospital and was by his side when he passed away on Friday morning.

Buckingham Palace released a statement at midday confirming the duke’s death.

“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,” it said.

“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.”

Prince Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years and is the longest royal consort in history. 

Reference: Evening Standard: Tammy Hughes  


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Prince Philip's coffin 'will be moved when Queen passes away' so they can be together forever

Prince Philip’s coffin will be placed in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel until the Queen passes before they are eventually buried together, reports claim.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s body will reportedly be moved to be in the memorial chapel so that the coffins of the royal couple, who were married for 74 years, can be interred together.

Prince Philip is likely to be buried at the Royal Burial Ground, which is a cemetery near the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Frogmore Estate near Windsor Castle.

The estate is believed to be particularly special to both the Queen and her husband.

However, traditionally monarchs’ consorts are buried at Westminster Abbey or St George’s Chapel, where Prince Philip’s funeral is believed to be taking place. 

Prince Philip will not have a state funeral as per his final wishes before his death on Friday 9 April morning.

The royal ceremony will take place at St George's Chapel and the public has been asked not to attend or gather amid Covid-19.

Due to the pandemic, the arrangements for the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, which is codenamed Operation Forth Bridge, have had to change.

His ceremonial funeral will be televised and broadcast to the country. However, the official date has not been announced publicly.

Buckingham Palace announced the sad death of Prince Philip in a statement by the Queen, 94, which read: “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 Queen is expected to now start an eight day period of mourning, where she will not carry out royal duties.

The entire Royal Family are expected to enter an official grieving period for 30 days following these eight days.

The Duke of Edinburgh had been due to turn 100 in June. 

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Princess Anne pays tribute to dad Prince Philip: 'Without him life will be completely different'

Princess Anne says “life without” her father Prince Philip will be “completely different” following his passing on Friday (09.04.21).

he 99-year-old royal – who was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II – passed away peacefully on Friday, and the Princess Royal has said his death will have an impact on so many people’s lives. 

Princess Anne spoke in an interview with ITV News that was recorded before her father died, with the intention of the footage being broadcast after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away.

She said: “Without him life will be completely different. From society’s perspective he was able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact … but above all that it’s not about the technology it’s about the people.”

Philip’s son, Prince Edward, also took part in the interview, where he reflected on the compassion of his father, and the loving relationship he shared with the Queen.

He said: "My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas.

"To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public. To be able to share that is immensely important.”

Both Anne and Edward – who are the siblings of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew – also spoke fondly of Philip’s long-lasting legacy in the form of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which he founded in 1956 to give young people a structured outlet.

Anne said: “He believed there were things outside [of school] which were necessary to help you develop as an individual, which played to your strengths and if that weren’t academic there were other things that would be your strength.”

Whilst Edward added: "The Duke of Edinburgh Award is probably among the best-known of the foundations in his name, and initially started by his former headmaster Kurt Hahn, who when it was rolled out beyond Gordonstoun came to my father and said 'would you get involved in this.'

"My father got Lord Hunt involved in helping to shape how it would roll out and that was of course one of his geniuses, being able to find the right people to take things on and shape them.

"The fact it has now spread to more than 140 countries, way beyond the Commonwealth, way beyond the English speaking world, is enormous testament to that original vision." 

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Prince Charles inherits Duke of Edinburgh title from Prince Philip - Edward to get it next

The title was bestowed on Philip more than 73 years ago when he married the Queen, the then-Princess Elizabeth. In keeping with royal tradition, Philip's eldest son Charles, 72, will take the title from his father, who died peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning. When he was given the title on his wedding day, Philip became the fourth royal to hold the dukedom.

It was created in 1726 when it was given to Prince Frederick, King George I's grandson.

It seemed like a natural title for Philip, given his strong ties to the Scottish capital.

His close association with Scotland began when he was enrolled in Gordonstoun boarding school in Moray where he became head boy.

He excelled at many sports and captained the cricket and hockey teams.

And when it came to water sports it was no different, as Philip undertook a voyage from Scotland to Norway alongside his classmates.

He also joined his peers in volunteering with the local coastguard to patrol the Moray coast.

His strong leadership skills and passion for the outdoors served as the foundation for the charity he would go on to found, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

The programme has helped hundreds of thousands of youngsters across more than 144 countries.

Participants learn life skills, mountaineering, physical recreation and survival techniques.

The Duke of Edinburgh title will eventually be inherited by Prince Edward, 57, in line with a decision announced by Buckingham Palace in 1999.

The Earl of Wessex is already a trustee of the awards scheme his father founded in 1956.

On Charles' eventual accession to the throne, the title will merge with the crown. 

This means that the new King will have the power to pass it on to his younger brother.

When Edward inherits the title his wife Sophie will become the Duchess of Edinburgh - a title once held by the Queen.

Prince Philip's passing comes just two months before what would have been his 100th birthday.

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The details of his televised funeral are expected to be officially announced this weekend, with Buckingham Palace aides having to consider how it should be handled during the worst public health crisis for generations.

The Queen has final approval over the plans - codenamed Forth Bridge - and will be considering the amended arrangements.

The date has yet to be confirmed, but originally, the funeral was due to be staged eight days after Philip's death.

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Flags are already flying at half-mast on UK Government buildings in tribute to the duke and will do so until the morning after his funeral.

A statement released by the palace read: "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." 

Reference: Daily Express: Laura O'Callaghan  


Prince Philip death: Joe Biden among world leaders paying tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

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Prince Philip death: Joe Biden among world leaders paying tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

World leaders have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and offered their condolences to the Royal family.

The tributes have poured in from every corner of the globe since the news of the death of the Duke, at aged 99, was announced.

Some messages were through social media and all expressed their admiration for Prince Philip’s lifetime of duty.

US president Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said: “On behalf of all the people of the United States, we send our deepest condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Over the course of his 99-year life, he saw our world change dramatically a

“The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the armed forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired, and so much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavours he shaped.

“Jill and I are keeping the Queen and to Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in our hearts during this time.”

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison set the tone within minutes of the announcement, declaring that Philip “embodied a generation that we will never see again”.

Recalling that Philip had visited the country more than 20 times, he said: “Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family. The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. In over fifty years of the award in New Zealand, thousands of young people have completed life-changing challenges through the programme”.

The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi also expressed condolences, saying “my thoughts are with the British people and the Royal Family”.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan said: “"Britain has lost a wise elder who was imbued with a unique spirit of public service. His role in promoting Pakistan-UK relations will always be remembered."

German chancellor Angela Merkel said: "The death of Prince Philip fills me with great sorrow. His friendship to Germany, his straightforwardness and his sense of duty will not be forgotten."

President Vladimir Putin said he had sent the Queen a telegram expressing his “deep condolences” and wishing her “courage and fortitude in the face of a grievous and irreparable loss”.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted: “I am saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom on this very sad day.”

Further afield, the president of the Maldives, another former Commonwealth country, sent his “Condolences and sympathies to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, [the royal family] and the people of the UK on the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said Philip was “a staunch exemplar of public service”. “Maldivians fondly recall His Royal Highness’ visit to Maldives with HM Queen in 1972,” he added.

In Israel, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that “Prince Philip was the consummate public servant and will be much missed in Israel and across the world”. 

Reference: Microsoft news: ohn Dunne  

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