Britain’s Prince Phillip dies at 99.

Lucy McNulty

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away at 99. 

On March 3rd, Prince Phillip underwent a successful heart operation and was discharged. Just over a month later, on April 9th, Prince Philip died peacefully in his sleep, in  Windsor Castle. The Duke’s daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, described his death as “…so gentle. It was just like somebody took him by the hand and off he went.” The Queen was reportedly at her husband’s bedside when he died.

The Duke wished for a small, yet formal funeral. His funeral is scheduled for April 17th, at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle and burial at Frogmore Gardens. The guest list is 22 members of the Royal Family, but will be televised.

The Queen and Prince Philip were married in 1947 and spent nearly 74 years of marriage together. They had four children together: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. They also had eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Why should we care? A person who has lived 99 years of life has seen so much. He will go down in the history books and create a legacy for the Royal Family. 

It was kinda surreal at first,” said junior, Annie Rosenthal. “I felt immediately bad and worried for the queen.”

The couple had guided the United Kingdom through over 70 years of very difficult times.  

“It was interesting to see a guy pass who had seen so much in his lifetime,” said senior Will Skinner. “He knew much more about history than I ever will.”