London (CNN)Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace announced Friday. He was 99.

In a statement, the palace said: “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. 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. The duke had been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London hospital on February 17 after feeling unwell. The palace later confirmed that he was being treated for an infection. On March 1, he was transferred to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, also in London, where doctors continued to treat the infection as well as undertake testing for a pre-existing heart condition. After heart surgery, the duke was discharged from hospital in mid-March. The plans for any tributes or events following Philip’s death have not been publicly announced yet, and it is unclear what kind of events will be able to take place given the UK’s current coronavirus restrictions.The Queen will need to sign off on any plans before they are confirmed, and it is not yet known whether this has already happened.Read MoreBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the duke, saying that he’d “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.” Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990.Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesBritain’s Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, poses in his military dress uniform circa 1990.Hide Caption 1 of 49Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine I, was overthrown.Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine I, was overthrown. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine I, was overthrown.Hide Caption 2 of 49Prince Philip is dressed for a production of "Macbeth" while attending school in Scotland in July 1935.Prince Philip is dressed for a production of "Macbeth" while attending school in Scotland in July 1935. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip is dressed for a production of “Macbeth” while attending school in Scotland in July 1935.Hide Caption 3 of 49Prince Philip was the youngest of five children and the only son. After his parents' separation in 1930, he was sent to England and raised there by his maternal grandmother and uncle.Prince Philip was the youngest of five children and the only son. After his parents' separation in 1930, he was sent to England and raised there by his maternal grandmother and uncle. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip was the youngest of five children and the only son. After his parents’ separation in 1930, he was sent to England and raised there by his maternal grandmother and uncle.Hide Caption 4 of 49Prince Philip sits with his fiancee, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1947. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother's maiden name. He was also an officer of the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II.Prince Philip sits with his fiancee, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1947. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother's maiden name. He was also an officer of the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip sits with his fiancee, Princess Elizabeth, in July 1947. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a commoner, using the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother’s maiden name. He was also an officer of the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II.Hide Caption 5 of 49Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth married in November 1947.Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth married in November 1947. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip and Princess Elizabeth married in November 1947.Hide Caption 6 of 49Prince Philip plays in a village cricket match in July 1949.Prince Philip plays in a village cricket match in July 1949. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip plays in a village cricket match in July 1949.Hide Caption 7 of 49Philip and Elizabeth hold their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in August 1951.Philip and Elizabeth hold their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in August 1951. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPhilip and Elizabeth hold their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne in August 1951.Hide Caption 8 of 49Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth dance in Ottawa in October 1951.Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth dance in Ottawa in October 1951. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip and Princess Elizabeth dance in Ottawa in October 1951.Hide Caption 9 of 49Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were on a tour of the commonwealth when her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952. She was next in line for the throne.Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were on a tour of the commonwealth when her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952. She was next in line for the throne. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip and Princess Elizabeth were on a tour of the commonwealth when her father, King George VI, died on February 6, 1952. She was next in line for the throne.Hide Caption 10 of 49Prince Philip waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after his wife's coronation in June 1953.Prince Philip waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after his wife's coronation in June 1953. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip waves from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after his wife’s coronation in June 1953.Hide Caption 11 of 49Prince Philip sails during the Cowes Regatta in August 1962.Prince Philip sails during the Cowes Regatta in August 1962. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip sails during the Cowes Regatta in August 1962.Hide Caption 12 of 49Prince Philip laughs as the Beatles fight over the Carl Alan Award he presented to the band in March 1964.Prince Philip laughs as the Beatles fight over the Carl Alan Award he presented to the band in March 1964. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip laughs as the Beatles fight over the Carl Alan Award he presented to the band in March 1964.Hide Caption 13 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip, accompanied by sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, wave from a Buckingham Palace balcony during a parade in June 1964.The Queen and Prince Philip, accompanied by sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, wave from a Buckingham Palace balcony during a parade in June 1964. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip, accompanied by sons Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, wave from a Buckingham Palace balcony during a parade in June 1964.Hide Caption 14 of 49The royal couple return to Buckingham Palace after a ceremony in June 1965.The royal couple return to Buckingham Palace after a ceremony in June 1965. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe royal couple return to Buckingham Palace after a ceremony in June 1965.Hide Caption 15 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip leave Westminster Abbey in April 1966.The Queen and Prince Philip leave Westminster Abbey in April 1966. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip leave Westminster Abbey in April 1966.Hide Caption 16 of 49Prince Philip competes in a bicycle polo match in August 1967.Prince Philip competes in a bicycle polo match in August 1967. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip competes in a bicycle polo match in August 1967.Hide Caption 17 of 49Prince Philip paints during the filming of the documentary "Royal Family" in 1969.Prince Philip paints during the filming of the documentary "Royal Family" in 1969. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip paints during the filming of the documentary “Royal Family” in 1969.Hide Caption 18 of 49Prince Philip and his daughter, Princess Anne, prepare a barbecue on the Balmoral Castle estate in August 1972.Prince Philip and his daughter, Princess Anne, prepare a barbecue on the Balmoral Castle estate in August 1972. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip and his daughter, Princess Anne, prepare a barbecue on the Balmoral Castle estate in August 1972.Hide Caption 19 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in April 1976.The Queen and Prince Philip attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in April 1976. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show in April 1976.Hide Caption 20 of 49Prince Philip takes part in the World Carriage Driving Championships in 1980.Prince Philip takes part in the World Carriage Driving Championships in 1980. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip takes part in the World Carriage Driving Championships in 1980.Hide Caption 21 of 49Prince Phillip fishes in a Scottish loch in 1993.Prince Phillip fishes in a Scottish loch in 1993. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Phillip fishes in a Scottish loch in 1993.Hide Caption 22 of 49Prince Phillip hunts at the Sandringham estate in 1994.Prince Phillip hunts at the Sandringham estate in 1994. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Phillip hunts at the Sandringham estate in 1994.Hide Caption 23 of 49Prince Phillip tours the London Stock Exchange in 1998.Prince Phillip tours the London Stock Exchange in 1998. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Phillip tours the London Stock Exchange in 1998.Hide Caption 24 of 49Former South African President Nelson Mandela chats with Prince Philip in November 2000.Former South African President Nelson Mandela chats with Prince Philip in November 2000. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesFormer South African President Nelson Mandela chats with Prince Philip in November 2000.Hide Caption 25 of 49Prince Philip rides a mini motorbike at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2005.Prince Philip rides a mini motorbike at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2005. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip rides a mini motorbike at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May 2005.Hide Caption 26 of 49Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends a Commonwealth Day observance in London in 2011. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends a Commonwealth Day observance in London in 2011. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends a Commonwealth Day observance in London in 2011. Hide Caption 27 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip attend the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2011.The Queen and Prince Philip attend the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2011. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip attend the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in June 2011.Hide Caption 28 of 49Prince Philip visits Sherborne Abbey during his wife's Diamond Jubilee tour in May 2012.Prince Philip visits Sherborne Abbey during his wife's Diamond Jubilee tour in May 2012. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip visits Sherborne Abbey during his wife’s Diamond Jubilee tour in May 2012.Hide Caption 29 of 49The Queen presents Prince Philip with New Zealand's highest honor, the Order of New Zealand, at Buckingham Palace in June 2013.The Queen presents Prince Philip with New Zealand's highest honor, the Order of New Zealand, at Buckingham Palace in June 2013. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen presents Prince Philip with New Zealand’s highest honor, the Order of New Zealand, at Buckingham Palace in June 2013.Hide Caption 30 of 49Prince Philip visits the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards in February 2014.Prince Philip visits the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards in February 2014. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip visits the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards in February 2014.Hide Caption 31 of 49The royal couple arrives at the Royal Ascot horse races in June 2014.The royal couple arrives at the Royal Ascot horse races in June 2014. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe royal couple arrives at the Royal Ascot horse races in June 2014.Hide Caption 32 of 49Prince Philip signs the guest book at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June 2014.Prince Philip signs the guest book at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June 2014. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip signs the guest book at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June 2014.Hide Caption 33 of 49Prince Philip smiles as he visits an Auxiliary Air Force squadron in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 2015.Prince Philip smiles as he visits an Auxiliary Air Force squadron in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 2015. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip smiles as he visits an Auxiliary Air Force squadron in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July 2015.Hide Caption 34 of 49Prince Phillip and his grandson Prince Harry attend the Rugby World Cup final in October 2015.Prince Phillip and his grandson Prince Harry attend the Rugby World Cup final in October 2015. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Phillip and his grandson Prince Harry attend the Rugby World Cup final in October 2015.Hide Caption 35 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip wave to guests in June 2016, during celebrations for her 90th birthday.The Queen and Prince Philip wave to guests in June 2016, during celebrations for her 90th birthday. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip wave to guests in June 2016, during celebrations for her 90th birthday.Hide Caption 36 of 49Prince Philip feeds a banana to an elephant in Dunstable, England, in April 2017.Prince Philip feeds a banana to an elephant in Dunstable, England, in April 2017. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip feeds a banana to an elephant in Dunstable, England, in April 2017.Hide Caption 37 of 49Prince Philip talks to schoolchildren in May 2017 during a visit to Lord's cricket ground in London. He opened the venue's new Warner Stand.Prince Philip talks to schoolchildren in May 2017 during a visit to Lord's cricket ground in London. He opened the venue's new Warner Stand. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip talks to schoolchildren in May 2017 during a visit to Lord’s cricket ground in London. He opened the venue’s new Warner Stand.Hide Caption 38 of 49Prince Philip makes his final public appearance before his retirement in August 2017, attending a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace. The event also marked an end to Philip's 64 years as captain general, the ceremonial leader of the Royal Marines.Prince Philip makes his final public appearance before his retirement in August 2017, attending a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace. The event also marked an end to Philip's 64 years as captain general, the ceremonial leader of the Royal Marines. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip makes his final public appearance before his retirement in August 2017, attending a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace. The event also marked an end to Philip’s 64 years as captain general, the ceremonial leader of the Royal Marines.Hide Caption 39 of 49This portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, shows Prince Philip in the Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle. It was unveiled in December 2017.This portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, shows Prince Philip in the Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle. It was unveiled in December 2017. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThis portrait, painted by Ralph Heimans, shows Prince Philip in the Grand Corridor of Windsor Castle. It was unveiled in December 2017.Hide Caption 40 of 49Prince Philip attends the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.Prince Philip attends the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip attends the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.Hide Caption 41 of 49Prince Philip poses with the wedding party after Harry and Meghan's wedding in May 2018.Prince Philip poses with the wedding party after Harry and Meghan's wedding in May 2018. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip poses with the wedding party after Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018.Hide Caption 42 of 49Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attend a polo match in Egham, England, in June 2018.Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attend a polo match in Egham, England, in June 2018. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attend a polo match in Egham, England, in June 2018.Hide Caption 43 of 49Prince Philip is seen at the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/style/gallery/princess-eugenie-wedding/index.html" target="_blank">wedding of his granddaughter Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank</a> in October 2018.Prince Philip is seen at the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/style/gallery/princess-eugenie-wedding/index.html" target="_blank">wedding of his granddaughter Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank</a> in October 2018. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip is seen at the wedding of his granddaughter Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.Hide Caption 44 of 49Prince Philip speaks with Sir David Attenborough ahead of an Order of Merit luncheon in May 2019.Prince Philip speaks with Sir David Attenborough ahead of an Order of Merit luncheon in May 2019. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip speaks with Sir David Attenborough ahead of an Order of Merit luncheon in May 2019.Hide Caption 45 of 49Prince Philip leaves a London hospital in December 2019, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2019/12/24/uk/prince-philip-health-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">after being admitted for observation and treatment</a> in relation to a pre-existing condition.Prince Philip leaves a London hospital in December 2019, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2019/12/24/uk/prince-philip-health-gbr-intl/index.html" target="_blank">after being admitted for observation and treatment</a> in relation to a pre-existing condition. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip leaves a London hospital in December 2019, after being admitted for observation and treatment in relation to a pre-existing condition.Hide Caption 46 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip pose for a photo in June 2020, ahead of Philip's 99th birthday.The Queen and Prince Philip pose for a photo in June 2020, ahead of Philip's 99th birthday. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip pose for a photo in June 2020, ahead of Philip’s 99th birthday.Hide Caption 47 of 49The Queen and Prince Philip look at a homemade anniversary card that was given to them by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in November 2020.The Queen and Prince Philip look at a homemade anniversary card that was given to them by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in November 2020. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesThe Queen and Prince Philip look at a homemade anniversary card that was given to them by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in November 2020.Hide Caption 48 of 49Prince Philip, right, leaves a London hospital in March 2021. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/uk/prince-philip-leaves-hospital-scli-intl-gbr/index.html" target="_blank">He had a heart procedure</a> a couple of weeks earlier.Prince Philip, right, leaves a London hospital in March 2021. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/uk/prince-philip-leaves-hospital-scli-intl-gbr/index.html" target="_blank">He had a heart procedure</a> a couple of weeks earlier. Photos: Prince Philip's life in picturesPrince Philip, right, leaves a London hospital in March 2021. 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He married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 after a courtship that charmed a country still reeling from the ravages of World War II. In his seven decades of service, Philip often accompanied the Queen on royal engagements, and conducted thousands of his own solo appearances. He once referred to himself as “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler,” while the Queen lauded him as her “constant strength and guide.” The duke was known for off-the-cuff remarks that often displayed a quick wit but occasionally missed the mark, sometimes in spectacular fashion. Philip continued making public appearances well into his 90s, retiring only in August 2017. He supported a number of philanthropic endeavors and was associated with around 800 organizations. He founded the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, a youth development program that operates in more than 130 countries and territories around the world. After retiring, Philip spent much of his time at the Queen’s rural Sandringham estate. He was occasionally seen in later years at private family events such as the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, both at Windsor Castle.Philip’s advanced age meant that his health had been the subject of much media focus in recent years. In December 2019, he was taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure” for what Buckingham Palace described as a “pre-existing” condition. He had previously been admitted to hospital on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons, including for a hip replacement and for treatment for bladder infections. The duke was born the Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921. He left Greece aged 18 months with his family when King Constantine was forced to abdicate after a revolt by Greece’s war-stretched military forces. The family moved first to Paris and later, in 1928, to England. Philip had an itinerant childhood, educated variously in the UK, France, and Germany.He became a decorated naval officer for his service during World War II, and when peace returned, rekindled an earlier friendship with Elizabeth that quickly blossomed into a public romance.In order to marry, the duke renounced his Greek title, became a naturalized British subject and took the surname Mountbatten, derived from his mother’s side of the family. The marriage ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey in 1947. He and Elizabeth had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

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