R.I.P. — Prince Philip (10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021)

Windsor Castle. Photo: Bill Young

On Friday, Buckingham Palace announced the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband,” the Palace said.

Prince Philip, who would have turned 100 on June 10, was the longest-serving royal consort in British history having been at the Queen’s side for her 69+ years of reign not to mention being married to Her Majesty for 73 years. The Queen ascended the throne on 6 February 1952 following the death of her father King George VI

In tribute to the Duke, Westminster Abbey began tolling its tenor bell once every 60 seconds at 18:00 BST. It rang out 99 times to honour each year of his life. The Prince of Wales paid tribute to his “dear papa”, the Duke of Edinburgh, saying that he and the Royal Family miss him “enormously”.

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