Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark, born on the 10th June 1921 has died today the 9th April 2021, a few months shy of his 100th birthday.
He was the third official male consort in the history of reigning British queens, after Prince George of Denmark (Queen Anne) and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Queen Victoria).
He was also the longest serving and most faithful prince consort.
The details of his passing is this according to the official royal family website.
“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 be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
This all happens a few months after he was hospitalized for the longest time, at about 28 days, for an infection.
Whilst his family members have said he was improving after going home and that it was great news, he was still experiencing pain.
Prince Phillip was responsible for ushering the ancient monarchy and helping push it towards the modern era.
He has also been a beloved and loyal companion to his wife, Queen Elisabeth II, who fell in love with him after meeting him in her youth, and then they exchanged letters for several years till their engagement and marriage.
He has lived a life of much controversy, apparently thought of possibly having several affiars, and being extremely blunt and insensitive of certain races and classes and cultures at times.
But he has also been a huge family man and has always stood by as a faithful subject and husband and father and great grandfather.
Not to forget thought that Prince Phillip had suffered much tragedy in his early life.
This including the loss of his three sisters (who were all unfortunately married to high ranking Nazis).
The forced mental institutionalization of his mother and thus his separation from her.
The experience of abuse and neglect by his father.
Being snuck out of Greece in an Orange Basket after the royals lost their crown.
Fighting as a soldier and witness to the bloodshed of WWII.
Finally, the loss of his father figure Count Mountbatten after he was assassinated while fishing.
Yet, it can be seen not many family members of the British Royal family have died recently.
Prince Phillip is probably the first British royal in a decade to pass away.
This after Princess Diana’s tragic passing in 1997 following her car crash in Paris, which was caused by the driver being intoxicated and paparazzi chasing them.
Then also Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and the Queen Mother who both passed in 2002 a few months apart.
It seems like an era of glory is starting to end.
But will it be reborn with a glorious reign of King Charles the II, who’s namesake does not forbade well, as the last King Charles lost the favor of his people and was beheaded.
Or maybe even the people’s favorite, the Queen’s grandson, King William V taking up the mantle after the soon expected passing of Queen Elisabeth 2.
Or will the British monarchy finally crash and burn after more than 1200 years of rule.