Buckingham Palace announced this morning, “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.”
Prince Philip was two months from his 100th birthday. There is much to be said about him but I will leave those words to the one who knew him best.
“If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction, I am for it.” The Queen’s Silver Wedding speech at the Guildhall, November 1972.
“During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure. Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide.” The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee address to Parliament at Westminster Hall, March 2012.
“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking. Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner. The Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.
“I take this opportunity to mention the strength I draw from my own family. The Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past fifty years, as he has to so many charities and organisations with which he has been involved.” The Queen’s Golden Jubilee speech at the Guildhall, June 2002.
“I don’t know that anyone had invented the term platinum’ for a 70th wedding anniversary when I was born. You weren’t expected to be around that long.” The Queen’s 2017 Christmas message
“Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a little—having, as he economically put it, “done his bit”. But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever.’” The Queen’s 2017 Christmas message
“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.” The Queen’s Golden Wedding Anniversary speech at Banqueting House, London, November 1997.
We wish the entire British royal family our deep sympathy and join them in celebrating Prince Philip’s remarkable life.