Philip of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, dies at 99

CARLOS FRESNEDA

Correspondent

London

Updated Friday, April 9, 2021 – 21:44

Buckingham Palace reports that the Duke of Edinburgh passed away this morning at Windsor Castle

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He was almost exactly two months from his century. Philip of Edinburgh had been married to the Queen for 73 years, voluntarily relegated to a secondary role, but ready to smash every conceivable record for a consort: more than 22,000 official events, 5,500 speeches, 785 non-governmental organizations of which he became president. … That, and his unflappable work as “the rock” of Elizabeth II, who came to say at her golden wedding anniversary: “Our debt to him is greater than we will ever know.”

Philip of Mountbatten died “peacefully” to the 99 years at Windsor Castle, three weeks after being hospitalized for a month for an infection and a heart operation. The man who presented himself to the British as “a discredited prince of the Balkans without particular merit or distinction” ended up conquering the hard heart of his adopted country, which stopped the clocks at the moment of the tragic announcement.

DIRECT LONDON | Exterior of Buckingham Palace after the death of Philip of Edinburgh

“With deep regret, Her Majesty the Queen has announced the death of her dear husband,” could be read in a brief statement from Buckingham Palace on the edge of noon on Friday. As tradition dictates, the bit was made official through an advertisement posted on the palace gates. Soon after it had to be withdrawn in fear of crowds In the midst of the Covid restrictions, such was the avalanche of Britons who came to bid farewell to the Duke of Edinburgh (the title will be inherited by the way, Eduardo, the youngest of his four children).

The flags were at half mast and the Government ordered eight days of official mourning. The Parliament will bring forward its return to activity to Monday after the Easter break to pay a special tribute to Felipe de Edimbrugo. The local election campaign on May 6 has been temporarily put on hold.

At the gates of Downing Street, Boris Johnson spoke an emotional word to the Queen’s husband and praised “his extraordinary life and work.” “The royal family has lost not only a beloved and respected public figure, but a a devoted husband, a proud father, a loving grandfather and, in recent years, a great great-grandfather, “said the” premier. “

The leader of the Labor opposition Keir Starmer joined the tribute and remembered the deceased as “a man who dedicated his life to this country and who be remembered for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to the Queen “. “For more than seven decades, he was by her side,” Starmer recalled. “Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope.”

Communicated on the door of Buckingham Palace.EFE

“He consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own, and that was an example of Christian service,” declared the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. “As we recover and rebuild the country after the terrible test of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will need strength and a deep sense of commitment to serve others. “

Felipe of Denmark and Greece, born in 1921 in Corf, married the young “Lilibet” in 1947, who five years later would ascend to the throne as Elizabeth II after the death of her father George VI. The “discredited” prince of the Balkans gave up his own rising career in the Royal Navy to act as the monarch’s staff in the most critical moments of her reign.

Its reach ranged from the Winston Churchill government in the postwar era to the Boris Johnson government in the post-Brexit era. He was by far the longest-lived consort in UK history and went almost as far as the Queen Mother, who died at 101.

Although he was admitted at least five times in the last decade – he had heart surgery and underwent hip replacement – he always boasted of a impeccable health, comparable to that of the Queen herself (who will turn 95 on April 21). In May 2017, and after having established himself as “the greatest expert in discovering commemorative plaques”, he announced his retirement from public life “because I can no longer stand.” One of his last acts was precisely the visit, that same summer, of Kings Felipe and Letizia, with whom he maintained a close emotional bond.

For months Philippe of Edinburgh lived virtually out of the public eye at the royal residence at Sandringham, where he made headlines in January 2019 for a spectacular car accident from which he miraculously emerged almost unscathed. The pandemic forced him to confine himself with the Queen in Windsor Castle since April of last year.

Elizabeth II and Philippe of Edinburgh were nicknamed “HMS Bubble” and lived for months in the “real bubble”, with a very controlled contact with his squad and away from his son Carlos and his grandson Guillermo, who came to contract the Coronavirus. In January they received the first dose of the vaccine, although it is unknown if Felipe received the second after leaving the hospital looking very haggard and in a wheelchair on March 16.

Since then, the Queen remained by his side but was able to continue with his official activity. In fact, on March 31, the monarch was seen wearing one of her colorful costumes and without markings (she had already received the second “puncture”) in her first personal act in five months, in a tribute to the Air Forces in Surrey. According to eyewitnesses, Elizabeth II was especially relaxed and in a good mood. Nothing foreshadowed the imminence of the tragedy, although the premonitory tears of Prince Charles after their visit to the hospital in March they psychologically prepared the British.

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