Prince Philip, the love of Queen Elizabeth‘s life, has died.
He was 99.
Steadfast companions for seven decades, the Queen and Philip had the longest royal marriage in history — one that withstood war, family upheaval and a lifetime on the world stage.
“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,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement Friday.
“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.”
Prince Philip — who retired from his public duties in August 2017 — is survived by his wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth, their daughter Princess Anne and their three sons: next-in-line-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry and nine great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie and Princess Eugenie’s new baby boy, August, whose middle name is Philip.
The Duke of Edinburgh was hospitalized on Feb. 16 after being taken to King Edward VII hospital in London on the advice of his doctor after “feeling unwell,” Buckingham Palace said in a previous statement.
He was released a month later following treatment for an infection and a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.
He returned to Windsor Castle, where he and the Queen have been staying amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philip, who would have turned 100 in June, has been plagued by health issues in recent years.
He was hospitalized in December 2019 in relation to a “pre-existing condition,” according to the palace at the time.
He abruptly canceled his appearance at the traditional Maundy church service that he was scheduled to attend with the monarch in March 2018.
Philip also skipped Easter Sunday services that year ahead of the announcement that he underwent hip replacement surgery.
The royal had a car accident in January 2019 that resulted in him voluntarily giving up his license.
On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, Queen Elizabeth offered a rare glimpse of her tightly-held heart.
“He has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years,” she said. “I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.”
For the Queen, who faced early opposition to their union before she became monarch, “It was one of her greatest achievements, being allowed to marry the love of her life,” says Suzanne Mackie, executive producer of the hit Netflix series The Crown, which shed new light on their enduring romance.