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Prince Philip dies

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Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away last week due to natural causes. He was 99.


Buckingham Palace said that the Duke, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England, reportedly died peacefully in his bed in Windsor Palace, two months short of his 100th birthday.


He was the nation’s longest-serving consort (the term given to the spouse of a reigning monarch), having been married to the Queen for 73 years.


Philip, who was born in 1921 in the island of Corfu as a member of the Greek royal family, spent more than seven decades supporting his wife whom he wed while Britain was still recovering from the ravages of World War 2.


He married then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 following a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during WW2.


Elizabeth ascended the throne in February 1952 upon the demise of her father, King George VI.


The union bore four offspring – Charles, Prince of Wales; Princess Anne; Prince Andrew; and Prince Edward. They had eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


The Duke, according to reports, will remain at rest in a private chapel, with the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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