“…Philip was the only man I could ever love…”, with this few words, the Queen of England, Elizabeth the Second paid heartrending first tribute as the British throne, Buckingham Palace, issued at 12 noon on Friday, April 9, 2021, the first ever statement announcing the demise of Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
She was in his sick bed when he gave up the ghost in Windsor Castle before noon Friday, April 9, 2021.
The Duke of Edinburgh, a naval officer of Greek nativity, married Queen Elizabeth on November 20, 1947. His father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg, Germany separated when he was young.
Philip, born on June 10, 1921 in Confu, Greece as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was the only and youngest son of the Andrews. He met the future Queen of England when he was a naval cadet in the thirties at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
When he was there, in the summer of 1933, he met the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth and their royal life began. It was reported that the Princess’ dad, the King of England, was on an official assignment at the military base, taking along with him the young Elizabeth to inspect the troops.
And the wedding that followed some years after was a lavish one.
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle and sources disclosed that he requested for what will fundamentally be a military funeral, with a private service at St Georges Chapel in Windsor and burial at Frog-more Gardens.
Flags are being flown at half mast as crowds gathered at Windsor Castle to pay last respect. Prince Philip died when Britain was still on national lock down because of COVID-19. He was vaccinated alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth 11 early this year. He died peacefully.
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