Prince Philip, 99, was the longest-serving consort in British history.
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Prince Philip dies aged 99 LIVE: Buckingham Palace lead tributes following death of Duke of Edinburgh
Last updated: Friday, 09 April, 2021, 14:01
- The Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced
- Prince Philip was 99
- Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to Prince Philip
Anne Jessopp, chief executive of the Royal Mint, said: “On behalf of everyone at the Royal Mint, I’d like to express our great sadness and heartfelt condolences at the passing of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh."
BBC suspend planned programming
The BBC said that planned programming had been suspended following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended,” it said in a statement.
Dozens of wellwishers have lined the gates outside Windsor Castle to lay flowers and pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Parliament recalled for Duke of Edinburgh tributes
Parliament will be recalled from its Easter recess to allow MPs and peers to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Downing Street and parliamentary officials confirmed the move to reconvene both Houses on Monday, a day earlier than scheduled.
The House of Commons is expected to meet from 2.30pm on Monday while the House of Lords is finalising its arrangements.
Teresa May pays tribute to Prince Philip
Former prime minister Theresa May tweeted: “All my thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty and the whole Royal Family today on the loss of a devoted husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather.
“The nation and the entire Commonwealth owe Prince Philip an extraordinary debt of gratitude for a distinguished life of service to the Queen, our country and so many around the world.”
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden said in a statement: “The Queen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh."
The Queen on Philip
“How good he is, Crawfie. How high he can jump” – To her nanny about Philip as she watched him jump over the tennis nets at Dartmouth College during their first publicised meeting in 1939.
“Oh Philip, do shut up. You don’t know what you’re talking about” – When the duke was sounding off on a subject on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
“If I am asked what I think about family life after 25 years of marriage, I can answer with equal simplicity and conviction – I am for it” – Silver wedding anniversary speech in 1972.
“All too often, I fear, Prince Philip has had to listen to me speaking” – On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.
“Frequently we have discussed my intended speech beforehand and, as you will imagine, his views have been expressed in a forthright manner” – Again in 1997.
“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know” – The Queen’s touching tribute in 1997.
“The Duke of Edinburgh has made an invaluable contribution to my life over these past 50 years” – Golden Jubilee speech in June 2002.
“Even Prince Philip has decided it’s time to slow down a little – having, as he economically put it, ‘done his bit’. But I know his support and unique sense of humour will remain as strong as ever” – The Queen’s Christmas speech in 2017.
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The Duke of Edinburgh in quotes
Here are some of the best quotes about the Duke of Edinburgh over the years:
“The Duke of Edinburgh is a national treasure” – Newspaper editorial in 2002 after one of Philip’s famous gaffes.
“We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. I always enjoyed his company, especially his BBQs!” – Former prime minister David Cameron on the announcement of the duke’s retirement in 2017.
“He has been a fantastic life partner for her. I think it’s maybe a fairly lonely job being Queen. As a female in the top job I think to have somebody you can lean on, you can discuss things with, she can be honest with behind closed doors … I don’t think she could have chosen better” – The Countess of Wessex on her father-in-law.
“He makes her laugh because some of the things he says and does and the way he looks at life is obviously slightly different than her, so together they’re a great couple” – The Duke of Cambridge on his grandparents in 2012.
“This was the man with whom Princess Elizabeth had been in love from their first meeting” – King George VI’s official biographer, Sir John Wheeler-Bennett, on Philip.
“Together, they are invincible.” – Princess Eugenie on the Queen and duke.
“Prince Philip is the only man in the world who treats the Queen simply as another human being” – The Queen’s former private secretary, Lord Charteris.
“They are the most incredibly supportive couple to each other. Grandpa was unfortunately taken ill and for Granny to come and do that alone was probably quite testing. And I think he is her rock, really, and she is his” – Eugenie, when Philip fell ill during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities in 2012.
“Very amusing, full of fun” – The late Countess Mountbatten on her cousin Philip.
“They are different people. Yet they understand one another. Completely. And they are allies” – Author Gyles Brandreth, on the Queen and duke, after examining their relationship in his book Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait Of A Marriage.
“My grandfather, Prince Philip, has been one of the most tireless public servants of this country, deeply committed to helping young people fulfil their potential” – The Duke of Cambridge in 2018.
“Although he’s said that he’s going to step back, I don’t think he’s going to stop for a minute” – The Earl of Wessex on how the duke would keep busy during his retirement.
“The great thing about my father is that nobody’s ever forgotten meeting him” – The Earl of Wessex.
BBC presenter appears to fight back tears as she announces Philip’s death
BBC presenter Martine Croxall appeared to fight back tears as she broke the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on air.
The journalist was anchoring the BBC News channel when Buckingham Palace confirmed the news.
Her voice trembled as she said: “You’re watching BBC News. We have just received a statement from Buckingham Palace confirming that the Duke of Edinburgh has died.
“The statement says: ‘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’.”
She read the statement from the palace twice as the channel played archive footage of the senior royal.
Croxhall, who had been wearing a dark V-neck top with a long necklace, continued to narrate the footage while out of view.
When she was next seen on screen, she was wearing a black jacket and had removed her jewellery.
Croxall also appeared emotional and sombre as she spoke to royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, who was on the phone.
Viewers praised her on Twitter, with one writing: “Thank you for the way you handled that, absolutely perfect, obviously emotional but professional and pitched perfectly.”
Another wrote: “I’m not the biggest supporter of the BBC however your presentation of breaking the news today was fantastic. Well done for getting through the moment.”