Well, I wasn’t expecting this. Prince Philip has passed away at the age of 99, almost two months before his 100th birthday. The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle, where he and the Queen had been in relative lockdown for much of the past year. Philip returned to Windsor in mid-March following his month-long hospitalization, which included a wide array of tests and one heart procedure. The Royal Family’s website changed over to this message:
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.
Friday, 9 April 2021
They say that “further announcements will be made in due course,” meaning the funeral and memorial arrangements. It was in recent weeks that “sources” told the Daily Mail that Philip had told the Queen that he didn’t want a big fuss when he died. I bet the Queen will want a big fuss for him though, although there are still pandemic issues, so it would likely not be a big, public funeral. I genuinely feel sorry for the Queen and for the rest of the family.
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