The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, the Queen’s husband for 73 years, has died aged 99 it has been reported.
Her Majesty announced her husband’s death today. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss’.
Flags across the country were being lowered to half-mast as a period of mourning was announced today after the announcement has been made by the Queen.
He was discharged from hospital on March 16 and returned to Windsor Castle after a recent illness.
He and the Queen had been spending lockdown with a group of household staff it has been reported.
Philip had four children with Elizabeth: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Phillip was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the longest-lived male member of the British royal family.
He retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96.