Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dead at 99

A month later, he was forced to give up driving at the age of 97 after striking a car with his Land Rover near the royal family’s Sandringham estate. Philip retired from official royal duties in 2017 and public appearances became rare. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The queen’s cousin and close friend until she died in 2016, Margaret Rhodes, remembered well the impression that Philip made in that first encounter.In an interview with CBS News, Rhodes once said Philip had the immediate advantage of good looks when he met the young princess, describing him as an “utterly good looking, Viking god.”They wed at Westminster Abbey in 1947 in a televised ceremony that transfixed millions of viewers around the world. Closer to home, he once asked Scottish driving instructors how they kept their students “off the sauce” long enough to pass the test. “He just said what he felt,” Brandreth told CBS News. It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. It was Philip who convinced the young Princes William and Harry to walk behind their mother’s coffin when they didn’t want to. He was a shrewd observer of people.”In 1997, with Britain in mourning following the death of Princess Diana, he stepped in to defuse a moment of crisis at her funeral. He was 99. Prince Philip through the years

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And by luck or — many think — by royal design, he was chosen to escort the young Princess Elizabeth on a tour. “He was very funny. The Royals

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Why wasn’t Prince Philip called king? That’s the way it worked.” 

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Philip was born into the Greek royal family in 1921, but was educated and had a naval career in Britain. Prince Philip through the years

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Royals very rarely gush, and we don’t know what Philip thought of the queen’s glowing tribute to him on their golden wedding anniversary, but some of her words could well serve as his epitaph:”He has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years,” said the monarch. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Philip “earned the affection of generations here in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world.” “Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life.”  His role in life was to walk one step behind the queen, but even there, Prince Philip was able to carve out his own reputation and role in history. “Essentially, the queen has always worn the crown,” said Giles Brandreth, who ran one of Philip’s charities for years, while “Prince Philip was always allowed to wear the trousers. He was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011, and then spent several nights in the hospital in December 2019. “I’ll walk with you,” he said.Philip remained healthy and active well into old age, but suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the family said in a statement. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021

He had been hospitalized in February and underwent surgery for a heart condition. Some thought he was a gaffe-prone fountain of political incorrectness. 

He once asked aboriginal people in Australia whether they still threw spears at each other. It was the beginning of a long-lasting and successful royal marriage. He spent the recent coronavirus lockdown at Windsor Castle with the queen. Britain’s royal line of succession

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After Elizabeth became queen in 1953, Philip provided support and, from time to time, controversy. He and the queen were married for over 73 years. Prince Philip was the man who said if ever you see a man opening the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dead at 99

April 9, 2021 / 11:02 AM
/ CBS News

London — Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has died, the royal family announced Friday. “I and his whole family, and this and many other countries owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
First published on April 9, 2021 / 7:15 AM