Britain’s Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Dies at 99
By Movieguide® Staff
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on April 9, 2021. He was 99.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the royal family announced. “Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
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. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
In addition, the royal family webpage now appears as a tribute in honor of the long-standing royal patriarchy and his marriage to Queen Elizabeth II of nearly 74 years.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a tribute and said that “it was with great sadness” that he learned of the prince’s death.
“Like the expert carriage driver that he was he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life,” Johnson said. “We mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen, we offer our condolences to her and to all her family, and we give thanks, as a nation and a Kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
On the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. pic.twitter.com/rZlbY1matF
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 9, 2021
The duke, who popularized the sobriquet “The Firm” for Windsor family business, ended his official duties in the fall of 2017. Months earlier, in June, he was hospitalized for an infection and missed the Queen’s Speech opening the newly elected Parliament that month.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Philip and Elizabeth had been staying at Windsor Castle, west of London.
The Duke of Edinburgh supported his wife throughout an unprecedented time of social, economic, technological, political change and family crises.
Fourteen prime ministers held office while Philip was a British consort — companion to the sovereign — from Winston Churchill in 1952 through Johnson.
Both the duke and the queen, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, witnessed the transformation of a once-global British Empire into a Commonwealth of 52 independent member states, a free association headed by the queen.
Philip’s public statements had been few and far between in recent years and, even rarer were his direct dealings with the media. Previously, the duke was renowned for speaking his mind at public engagements, many times with cringe-worthy remarks that bent the bounds of humor.
During the 1981 recession, for example, he said: “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.”
“Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?” Philip asked a wealthy resident of the Cayman Islands in 1994.
“You’re too fat to be an astronaut,” he told a 13-year-old boy in 2001.
When meeting in 2012 with a mayor who used a mobility scooter, Philip asked him: “Have you run over anybody?”
The late prince is survived by Queen Elizabeth II, and their children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
“This is obviously a very sad day for Her Majesty, the Royal Family and the whole country,” Sir Lindsay Hoyle, speaker of the House of Commons, said in a statement. “The Duke of Edinburgh has given his unwavering support to The Queen, both as a husband and as a consort. Described by Her Majesty as ‘my constant strength’, he served this country too, first with distinction during the Second World War and selflessly throughout eight decades during peacetime…
“He will be remembered for his loyal devotion to service and his leadership of hundreds of ideals and causes close to his heart. Most notably, of course, is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which helps millions of young people around the world to achieve their full potential as team members and future leaders in their chosen fields.”
Recent perceptions of the royal family and Prince Philip have come from the Netflix drama, THE CROWN, which follows “the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century,” the IMDb synopsis reads.
Actor Tobias Menzies plays the role of Prince Philip and was nominated at the Movieguide® Awards for his performance in THE CROWN episode called “Moondust.”
The same episode was also nominated for Movieguide®’s Faith and Freedom Award for TV.