Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband dies at 99
According to THE STRAITS TIMES, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband and confidant of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II since 1947, has died. He was 99.
"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," according to an e-mailed statement on April 9 from the Queen’s officials. "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."
He had only recently been hospitalized and underwent a successful heart procedure.
The duke was one of the hardest-working members of the British royal family. He has powered through various health scares over the years, retiring from public life only towards the end of his life.
A former Royal Navy officer and World War II veteran, Prince Philip was required by protocol to walk two paces behind his wife in public. But he successfully carved out a role for himself, tirelessly touring coal mines, hospitals, tiddlywinks championships and sheep shows. He accompanied his wife on more than 250 official overseas visits, meeting heads of state around the world.
THE STRAITS TIMES mentions, the College of Arms said on April 9 that the duke will not have a state funeral nor lie in state for the public to pay their respects ahead of the funeral.
"The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral."