Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies at 99

A member of the Dutch and Greek royal families, he married Elizabeth in 1947 and became Duke of Edinburgh

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Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years, died Friday of undisclosed causes. He was 99.

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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” a statement from The Royal Family read. “The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prince Philip, who had been hospitalized for a month earlier this year before returning to Windsor Castle on March 16, had been mostly out of public view since retiring from his official royal role in 2017.

Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in Greece in 1921, his father was the seventh child and fourth son of King George I of Greece. Philip was exiled from the country along with his family when his father was blamed for territorial losses in the Greco-Turkish war of 1919-1922. He was raised primarily in the United Kingdom and joined the Royal Navy in 1939 at age 18, serving in World War II.

Philip and Elizabeth met when she was 13 years old in 1939, and the couple received permission to marry from her father, King George VI, in 1947. He carried the title Duke of Edinburgh.

The couple raised four children: Heir to the throne Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Throughout his time as consort to Queen Elizabeth, Philip became known for casually making racist or sexist jokes in public, the source of infrequent PR headaches for the royal family. For instance, in 1965 he dismissed Ethiopian art as “the kind of thing my daughter would bring back from her school art lessons.”

Later, in 1986 he told a group of British students in China, “If you stay here much longer you will all be slitty-eyed.” And in 1999, while touring a factory in Scotland, he said regarding a fuse box, “It looks as if it was put in by an Indian.”

The early years of their marriage, during which Elizabeth was crowned Queen, were depicted in the first season of the Netflix series “The Crown” in 2016 with Matt Smith as Philip. His life from the late 1960s through 1990 was depicted during the show’s third and fourth seasons, where he was played by Tobias Menzies.

The monarch has also been portrayed on film by Christopher Lee (1982’s “Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story”), David Threlfall (2005’s “The Queen’s Sister”) and James Cromwell (2006’s “The Queen”).