Buckingham Palace has announced the sad news of the passing of Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, 9 April 2021.
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.
The news broke around 9.00 pm AEST.
Prince Philip had visited Australia more than 20 times, including 16 with Queen Elizabeth.
The only son and fifth child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg was born at Mon Repos, on Corfu, on 10 June 1921.
Prince Philip attended Schule Schloss Salem in Germany for two terms before moving to Gordonstoun in Scotland.
In 1939, Prince Philip attended the Royal Naval College at Darthmouth and saw active service in the Royal Navy during World War II.
Prince Philip was in Tokyo on the day the Japanese surrendered.
He married Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 in Westminster Abbey and celebrated their Platinum Wedding Anniversary in 2017.
However, Prince Philip gave up his naval career to support his wife when she became Queen on 6 February 1952.
Prince Philip has served the Crown, his country and the Commonwealth for nearly 80 years.
The Queen has described Prince Philip as her ‘strength and stay.’
Over 775,000 young Australians have participated in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for the past 65 years.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Prince Philip had been granted a Knighthood on 26 January 2015.
Condolences From King Harald V of Norway
King Harald of Norway has said, ‘Our thoughts are with Queen Elizabeth and the rest of her family. We also send our condolences to the British people.’
A statement from the Royal Court of Norway said the King has decided that the flag on the palace balcony ‘will be flown at half-mast today’ and on the day of the funeral.
Condolences From Australia
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a statement paying tribute to Prince Philip:
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet encourages Australians to leave messages of condolences following Prince Philip’s death on the ‘His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh‘ page.
The PM&C also announced the Australian Flag will be flown at half-mast all day on Saturday, 10 April 2021 as a mark of mourning and respect on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.