Britain's Prince Philip Remembered

Published April 9th, 2021 - 05:32 GMT

Britain's Prince Philip, a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II's side for decades, died Friday at age 99, Buckingham Palace announced.

The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once described him as her "strength and stay all these years".

He was admitted to hospital on February 16, 2021, and went home after a month during which he was treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection.

Announcing his passing, BBC television played the national anthem over a picture of Philip in his prime, dressed in military dress uniform

Philip, who was by the queen's side for nearly eight decades, retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96.

His death came just months before his 100th birthday in June -- an event typically marked in Britain with a congratulatory message from the queen, who is now Britain's longest-serving monarch.

Philip and the queen have four children -- Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward -- eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In this file photo taken on August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Yui Mok / POOL / AFP

 July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles

In this file photo taken on July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor castle in Windsor on July 22, 2020. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP

 October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank

In this file photo taken on October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass at the start of the procession after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP

September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L)

In this file photo taken on September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L) pose in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, near the village of Crathie in Aberdeenshire. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. - / AFP

 June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953

In this file photo taken on June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953 after being crowned at Westminter Abbey in London. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP

An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace

An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Ian West / POOL / AFP

An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a service station in Swansea, South Wales, on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the Duke's death. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Geoff Caddick / AFP

Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip

Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021

The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the duke's death. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In this file photo taken on August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP

 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
 July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles
 October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank
September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L)
 June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953
An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace
An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip
The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021
 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
In this file photo taken on August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Yui Mok / POOL / AFP
 July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles
In this file photo taken on July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor castle in Windsor on July 22, 2020. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP
 October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank
In this file photo taken on October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass at the start of the procession after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP
September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L)
In this file photo taken on September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L) pose in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, near the village of Crathie in Aberdeenshire. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. - / AFP
 June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953
In this file photo taken on June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953 after being crowned at Westminter Abbey in London. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP
An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace
An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Ian West / POOL / AFP
An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a service station in Swansea, South Wales, on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the Duke's death. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Geoff Caddick / AFP
Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip
Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP
The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021
The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the duke's death. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP
 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
In this file photo taken on August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP

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