Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and patriarch of a turbulent royal household that he sought to make sure wouldn’t be Britain’s final, died on Friday at Windsor Citadel in England. He was 99.
His demise was introduced by Buckingham Palace, which mentioned he had died peacefully. No reason for demise was instantly given.
Philip had been hospitalized a number of occasions lately for numerous illnesses, most lately in February, the palace mentioned.
He died simply as Buckingham Palace was once more in turmoil, this time over Oprah Winfrey’s explosive televised interview with Philip’s grandson Prince Harry and Harry’s spouse, Meghan, on March 7. The couple, in self-imposed exile in California, lodged accusations of racism and cruelty towards members of the royal household.
As “the primary gentleman within the land,” Philip tried to shepherd into the twentieth century a monarchy encrusted with the trimmings of the nineteenth. However as pageantry was upstaged by scandal and as regal weddings have been adopted by sensational divorces, his mission, as he noticed it, modified. Now it was to assist protect the crown itself.
But preservation — of Britain, of the throne, of centuries of custom — had at all times been the mission. When this tall, good-looking prince married the younger crown princess, Elizabeth, (he at 26, she at 21) on Nov. 20, 1947, a battered Britain was nonetheless recovering from World Conflict II. The solar had all however set on its empire, and the abdication of Edward VIII over his love for Wallis Simpson, a divorced American, was nonetheless reverberating a decade later.
The marriage held out the promise that the monarchy, just like the nation, would survive, and it provided that reassurance in nearly fairy-tale vogue, full with magnificent horse-drawn coaches resplendent in gold and a throng of adoring topics lining the route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Extra, it was a heartfelt match. Elizabeth advised her father, King George VI, that Philip was the one man she may ever love.