Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and father of Prince Charles, died April 9 at Windsor Castle.
The Royal family made a statement Friday morning that Prince Philip passed away peacefully.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband,” the statement said.
News of Prince Philip’s death prompted a multitude of tributes and drew a large crowd to the palace and Windsor Castle. The British government asked people to avoid gathering outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prince struggled with his health in the years leading up to his death, resulting in multiple hospitalizations for various illnesses. His cause of death has not yet been announced.
He married Queen Elizabeth at a time Great Britain was still recovering from WWII. The British monarchy struggled to redeem itself in light of the scandalous abdication of Edward VIII, and the marriage was a hopeful turning of a new leaf.
The prince endured over six decades of the queen’s reign, making him the longest-serving royal consort in British history. He held his role until 2016, when he retired from public life at the age of 95.
Prince Philip was known to despise the spotlight and public scrutiny in the press and tabloids that plagued the monarchy. As a result, he adopted a dedication to preservation and stability within his family and the crown.
The prince set new precedents within the monarchy, sending his children to school instead of having them tutored at home as royal children had in the past. He reportedly opened doors for himself, cooked his own meals at times and answered the phone himself.
The royal family launched a virtual condolence book on the official royal website, and is encouraging people to make a donation to charity in honor of the prince instead of leaving flowers and gifts outside the palace.
Funeral plans are underway and reports say Prince Philip will not lie in state and current COVID-19 restrictions will only allow 30 attendees.