HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband and consort to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, died peacefully Friday at Windsor Castle.
The official statement from the Palace read, “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.”
He was a Greek Prince, WWII naval hero, tech enthusiast, avid and skilled polo player, wide ranging philanthropist, and at times humorously caustic observer of his times and world.
Our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen & the whole Royal Family.#PrincePhilip was a Naval Officer in the @RoyalNavy who served with honor during WWII in both the #European & Pacific theaters of the war!
To a fellow Sailor, fair winds & following seas. https://t.co/PXqEWDAJfS
— U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. Sixth Fleet (@USNavyEurope) April 9, 2021
FNC: “At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor.
“Although he married into the British monarchy, royalty was in Philip’s blood since birth. On June 10, 1921, he was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark – the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, as well as the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. Philip’s deep-seated royal roots placed him in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 countries.”
Reaction to his death was swift and generally respectful. Personalities such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remembered His Royal Highness as a war hero and steadfast helpmate to Her Majesty. The usual suspects carped at trivial matters, thus once again showing that their lack of grace corresponds to their lack of wisdom.
Actor Toby Menzies, who portrayed Philip on the HBO series “The Crown”, commented “If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I’m fairly sure he wouldn’t want an actor who has portrayed him on television giving their opinion on his life, so I’ll leave it to Shakespeare. “O good old man! how well in thee appears/ The constant service of the antique world…”
Per the Duke’s wishes there will be no state funeral. “His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel. This is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes,” said the Palace. His was an exciting, courageous, and noble life. The United Kingdom and the world at large are lessened by his passing.