Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has passed away today 9th April 2021 aged 99. Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was born in Greece, educated in France, Germany and the United Kingdom before joining the British Royal Navy in 1939 when he was 18 years old.
At this time he met the then 13 year old Princess Elizabeth and in 1947 after King George VI granted them permission, they announced their engagement. When they married that year he then became The Duke of Edinburgh. He left active military service in 1952 when Princess Elizabeth became Queen and was made a British Prince in 1957.
Prince Philip was the longest – serving consort to a monarch in British History and was often described as possibly the most humorous and energetic working Royal.
He also funded and created The Duke of Edinburgh scheme with encourages and inspires young children to pursue their ambitions. Through the scheme, young people are given the the opportunity to make friends while having fun and learning new skills and over the years it has become an extremely popular initiative which continues to empower young people from all communities to be able to reach their potential.
He sadly passed away today, two months and one day short of his 100th birthday. It is expected that he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral which is expected to take place in seven days time. The Caterham and District Independent will continue to update you via our website.
The Royal Family released the following statement earlier today;
“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.”