Great Britain Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the gates following the announcement of the duke's death.

Great Britain Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces
Great Britain Prince Philip has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announces

A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen's "deep sorrow" following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor on 16 March after a month in hospital.Boris Johnson said he "inspired the lives of countless young people".The palace added: "The royalty join with people round the world in mourning his loss."

Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister said that the duke had "earned the love of generations here within the uk , across the Commonwealth, and round the world".Meanwhile, Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said he "consistently put the interests of others before his own and, in so doing, provided an impressive example of Christian service".

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The flag at Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-mast and a notice was posted on the gates following the announcement of the duke's death.Bunches of daffodils, tulips, roses and lilies were among floral tributes placed by people outside the palace, while crowds began to collect at Windsor Castle.

He was admitted to hospital on February 16, and went home after a month during which he was treated for a pre-existing heart disease and an infection.Announcing his passing, BBC television played the anthem over an image of Philip in his prime, wearing military military uniform .

Flags were lowered to half-mast on royal and government buildings and a notice announcing his death pinned to the gates of Buckingham Palace ."We thank , as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Philip , Duke of Edinburgh," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said outside 10 Downing Street.

Johnson said Philip had "earned the love of generations" reception within the Commonwealth and across the planet after first serving within the Royal Navy then over nearly eight decades beside the queen.Philip retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96.His death came just months before his 100th birthday in June -- an occasion typically marked in Britain with a congratulatory message from the queen, who is now Britain's longest-serving monarch.

The couple, who celebrated their 73rd anniversary in November, had been living largely in isolation at Windsor Castle, west of London, because their advanced age put them at heightened risk from Covid-19.Philip and therefore the queen received their first vaccinations against the virus in January.

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