Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh passed away in the early hours of the morning, 9 April 2021. Queen Elizabeth said in a statement that her husband passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. He spent some 65 years supporting the Queen, the longest reigning companion of any British Monarch. They had been married more than 70 years.
The global pandemic in which we still find ourselves have affected the plans for his funeral. Crowds began gathering from the early hours of the morning outside Buckingham Palace. The country is still in a state of lockdown because of the pandemic, and Buckingham Palace had to put out a statement asking crowds not to gather at Royal residences to lay flowers, but to honour the Prince by sending condolences online.
There will be no state funeral or lying in state, which is as per Prince Phillip’s wishes, with him not wanting a fuss to be made over death. His body will remain at Windsor Castle until his funeral at St. Georges Chapel.
Prince Phillip dies as Buckingham Palace was again in turmoil. As “the first gentleman in the land” Phillip tried to shepherd into the 20th century a monarchy encrusted with the trappings of the 19th. The tall, handsome prince married the young crown princess, Elizabeth on November 20th 1947.
His death was met with a flood of tributes from across Britain and the world.
He is survived by his wife, Queen Elizabeth, his children and eight grandchildren. He had 10 great grandchildren.