Prince Philip, age 99, Dies Peacefully Amid Controversy

by Madeline Forweck. Published on April 09, 2021.

Prince Philip, the lifelong companion to Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 99.

In a statement this morning, Buckingham Palace announced: "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… The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

The Duke’s passing comes during a period of heightened controversy, the New York Times notes, after grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, publicly alleged racism by British royals — a family whose power and prestige Prince Philip resolved to maintain in the aftermath of World War II and beyond.

Born in 1921 to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, Philip was educated throughout Europe and joined the British Royal Navy in 1939. In 1947 he married Elizabeth, with whom he had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

In his seven decades as a British consort — the longest in the nation’s history — he garnered international attention for his efforts to preserve and reinvent the monarchy, before retiring from public life in May 2017 at age 95. A beloved royal figure to some and a symbol of Britain’s vestigial imperialism to others, he will be remembered for both displays of wit and controversial comments.

A closed funeral will be held at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Photo by Carl Court via the New York Times.