Prince Philip: Queen Elizabeth’s husband is dead

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Prince Philip

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth’s husband for 73 years, has died aged 99.

Buckingham Palace announced his passage Friday morning.

Flags on landmark buildings in Britain were being lowered to half-mast as a period of mourning was announced.

Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families.

He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18.

From July 1939, he began corresponding with the thirteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934.

During the Second World War, he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets. After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth.

Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and styles, became a naturalised British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname Mountbatten.

He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was granted the style His Royal Highness and created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King George VI.

Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was made a British prince in 1957.

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