What happened to Queen Elizabeth's husband

Prince Philip is dead: the Queen's husband dies at the age of 99

The whole of Great Britain mourns with Queen Elizabeth II (94). Her beloved husband is dead. Prince Philip dies at the age of 99, as the palace has announced. | AZ / dpaDon't rememberMark8 CommentsRecommend article

Prince Philip, husband of the British Queen Elizabeth II, is dead. The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, announced Buckingham Palace in London.

Prince Philip died at the age of 99

Philip had had a heart operation a few weeks ago in a specialist clinic and had spent several weeks in the hospital. He was released home in mid-March, where he died at the age of 99. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday in June.

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Prince Philip was the longest serving Prince Consort in British history

The Duke of Edinburgh, his official title, had been married to Elizabeth since 1947. Since their coronation in 1953, he was Prince Consort and was considered to be the Queen's most important support. The hard-working royal only retired at the age of 96. His last official appearance was at a Royal Marines military parade in August 2017 outside Buckingham Palace. The father of four was the longest serving Prince Consort in British history. In addition to Prince Charles, heir to the throne, his children also include Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Prince Philip suffered from health problems

Recently, Prince Philip was hardly seen in public. He spent large parts of the pandemic together with the Queen at Windsor Castle near London - isolated by a greatly reduced circle of court staff. The couple had seldom spent as much time together in old age.

In recent years, the Prince Consort has repeatedly suffered from health problems: his heart was troubling him, he had bladder infections, had to undergo an operation on his hand and was given a new hip joint at the age of 96. The last hospital stay including an operation on the heart was his longest hospital stay.

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