Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (UK, b. Greece), has passed away aged 99 at Windsor Castle.
He was married to Queen Elizabeth II for over 73 years and served as her consort for 69 years 62 days, making him the longest-serving consort of the British monarch.
His tenure began when his wife succeeded to the throne on 6 February 1952, on the death of her father, George VI, and ended today, 9 April 2021.
It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
The Duke of Edinburgh became the longest-serving consort in the history of the British monarchy on 17 April 2009.
On that day, he superseded the record set by Queen Charlotte, who was consort to George III for 57 years 70 days.
Prince Philip officially stepped down from royal duties in May 2017 and has had a few health issues since, including a four-night hospitalization at King Edward VII hospital, London, in December 2019 to treat a "pre-existing condition".
"Prince Philip's tireless - and record-breaking - service to his queen and country is an inspiration. I've also heard on a number of occasions from British record holders who credit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme for inspiring them to achieve great things." - Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records
Queen Elizabeth II holds a multitude of records including the longest-reigning queen, longest reigning monarch (living) and oldest reigning queen.
Our thoughts are with the Queen as well as all of the Royal Family during this difficult time.