Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, dead at 99
Philip the irascible and tough-minded of queen elizabeth the second who spent more than seven decades supporting his wife. In a role the both defined constricted his life has died. Buckingham palace said on friday. He was nine thousand nine. His life spanned nearly a century of european history. Starting with his birth as a member of the greek royal family and ending as britain's longest serving consort during a turbulent reign in which the thousand year old monarchy was forced to reinvent itself for the twenty first century he was known for his occasionally deeply offensive remarks and for gamely fulfilling more than twenty thousand royal engagements to boost british interests at home and abroad. He headed hundreds of charities founded programs that helped british schoolchildren participate in challenging outdoor adventures and played a prominent part in raising his four children including his eldest son prince. charles the heir to the throne. Philip spent a month in the hospital earlier this year before being released on march sixteen is with deep sorrow that her majesty. The queen has announced the death of her beloved and his royal highness. The prince philip duke of edinburgh. The palace said his royal highness passed away peacefully this morning at windsor castle.