April 9, 2021 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away at age 99.

Zoe Charles

Philip came from Greek and Danish royalty and worked his way into British royalty through a marriage to Queen Elizabeth the II.

According to Insider.com, “Prince Philip and then-Princess Elizabeth married on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey and Prince Philip gained the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.” The pair were married for 73 years.

The death of Prince Philip was ultimately a result of persistent poor health associated with his age.

According to CNN, “The death of the duke comes after a period of poor health. Philip spent a month in two London hospitals, where he was treated for an infection and underwent heart surgery, before being discharged in mid-March.”

While Prince Philip received outstanding care, royal sources reported that his ultimate goal was to pass away as comfortably as possible at home.

According to Insidenova.com, “A source told The Daily Telegraph newspaper: ‘He spent most of the four weeks he was in hospital trying to get home. They operated on his heart in a bid to give him a little longer, maybe with the 100th birthday in mind. But he didn’t really care about that. There is no way he would have wanted to die in hospital.’ Philip’s wife, Queen Elizabeth, 94, is believed to have been at his bedside when he passed away.”

According to BBC, “The Royal Family has asked people to consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving flowers in memory of the duke and an online book of condolence has been launched on the official royal website for those who wish to send messages.”

Many have joined in mourning for the late Prince, including Prince William who said in a public statement, “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen and to our family.”

The death of Prince Philip also drew respects from the United States’ current President, Joe Biden and former President, Barack Obama.

According to CNN, “US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden said in a statement: ‘Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK, the Commonwealth and to his family. The impact of his decades of devoted public service is evident in the worthy causes he lifted up as patron, in the environmental efforts he championed, in the members of the Armed Forces that he supported, in the young people he inspired.’”

According to CNN, “Former US President Barack Obama praised the late Prince as ‘an extraordinary many’ who ‘showed the world what it meant to be a supportive husband to a powerful woman,’ he wrote on Facebook.

Obama continued on Facebook, “Yet he also found a way to lead without demanding the spotlight — serving in combat in World War II, commanding a frigate in the Royal Navy and tirelessly touring the world to champion British industry and excellence.”

Prince Philip has been greatly praised for his support of his wife’s royal ventures.

According to BBC Newsround, “Philip gave up his job in the Navy after Queen Elizabeth II’s father died and she became Queen. He has always thrown himself into his role of supporting her and has found a real passion in doing charity work.”

Prince Philip was also known for founding a popular program known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

According to DOFE.org, “Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.”

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