Prince Phillip dies at age 99


Photo courtesy of The Countess of Wessex

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the Scottish Highlands

   Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 70 years, passed away on April 9, 2021. The prince was born into the Greek and Danish royal family, however, his family was exiled from Greece when he was 18 months old. He and Princess Elizabeth married in 1947. It is common knowledge now that the Queen and Prince are third cousins. 

   Philip and Queen Elizabeth had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Currently, Prince Charles is next in line for the throne after Queen Elizabeth passes. He is 72 years old. 

   Prince Philip passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. The official cause of his death has not been released to the public. 

   The funeral took place on Saturday, April 17, and was attended by only 30 people due to COVID-19. The ceremony took place at St. George’s Chapel, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Prince Harry and William walked behind their grandfather’s coffin during the ceremony. Prince Harry’s wife, Megan Markle, was not in attendance. She was unable to travel from the US to the UK because she is pregnant with her second child. 

   Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, expressed his admiration for his late grandfather in a public statement where he said, “My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm—and also because you never knew what he might say next.”