After reports, that the Lord Chamberlain called senior aides to Her Majesty for an emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace from all the Royal Households, the French media are reporting that the Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 95. They were premature, he was over ecerted and today the Palace announced that the Prince will retire from public duty. Well done I say, he is 95 and has done his duty!
Prince Philip was husband to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the two would have been celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this November. Together they have four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Today The Duke of Edinburgh opened the new Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground.
The Duke has a long association with cricket and is officially involved with over 20 cricketing institutions worldwide.
At Lord’s His Royal Highness met representatives of Marylebone Cricket Club, including England legend Mike Gatting, and he team involved in creating the new Warner Stand, before formally opening the Stand. Read the full story here → http://bit.ly/2pxpKYz
As of this point, Buckingham Palace has yet to make an announcement but are expected to address the press at 8 am local time. Royal Central will continue to update our readers as information become available.
The Queen’s husband was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on June 10 1921. He was the nephew of King Constantine of Greece. Although Prince was born on the island of Corfu, his royal family were exiled from the country when he was only one. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Philip Mountbatten; born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, 10 June 1921)[fn 1] is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.
A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18.
From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth (his third cousin through Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and second cousin once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark), whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets.
After the war, Philip was granted permission by King George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents.
After an engagement of five months, he married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was created Duke of Edinburgh. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander. He was formally made a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957. FULL BIO