Prince Philip, the Queen's husband, dies

Ruben Fields
April 9, 2021

While Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the rest of the royal family are yet to make a public announcement in the wake of their father and grandfather's death, there has been a notable change to all official royal family social media accounts in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and a leading figure in the British royal family for nearly seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday, drawing tributes from around the world.

On Twitter, where each account used to have a personalised photograph as their background cover image, the Royal Family, Clarence House, and the Kensington Royal accounts now all feature the same black and white picture of Prince Philip.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Prince Philip "embodied a generation that we will never see again".

"His support for the people of east London for many decades was a source of inspiration and reassurance to so many, and whenever he and The Queen visited, you could be sure many thousands would line the streets to welcome them". So we mourn today with Her Majesty The Queen.

The Duke of Edinburgh has died

"We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh", the prime minister said outside 10 Downing Street. "He will be hugely missed, and our thoughts on behalf of everyone at the Club are with The Queen and the Royal Family at this time". The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had been living in isolation at Windsor Castle ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am saddened by news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died".

Prince Philip died on the sixteenth wedding anniversary of his son Prince Charles and Princess Camilla. Prince Philip celebrated his 73rd wedding anniversary with the Queen in November past year.

Michelle Visage was due to be presenting The One Show with Alex Jones this evening but tweeted after hearing about the Prince: "This will no longer be happening in light of the death of Prince Philip".

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