Prince Philip is no more. The husband of Queen Elizabeth II breathed his last this Friday, April 9 at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday which was to take place on June 10. The sad news was announced by Buckingham Palace in a statement posted on Twitter: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty The Queen announces the passing of her beloved husband. Her Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning in Windsor Castle. ” can we read then that it is also specified that “other announcements will be made in due course”. Indeed, following this terrible disappearance, admirers of the British Crown wonder in particular about the causes of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. The latter had just been hospitalized for a month after having undergone a major heart operation. On March 16, he was finally able to return to his home in Windsor when the news about his state of health was reassuring.
Queen Elizabeth II’s reaction is also eagerly awaited. The monarch, who is entering a long and painful period of mourning, will certainly not fail to pay tribute to the one who has shared his daily life for more than 70 years, in the hours or days to come. Note that the sovereign has already canceled all its commitments planned for the next few days. Their four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, who has inherited the title of Duke of Edinburgh, are also expected to speak quickly to honor their father. Only Kate and William have so far paid a sober tribute to Prince Philip on Instagram.
What about the funeral?
Another question to which further details will be provided: that of the funeral. If no date has yet been communicated for the funeral, they are already in preparation and will follow a strict protocol, established well in advance. As Operation Forth Bridge (the code name chosen for Prince Philip’s funeral protocol) explains, Prince Philip is said to have refused a state funeral in Westminster, London, contrary to his wife’s wishes. He would have expressed the wish to rest in the royal cemetery of the mausoleum of Frogmore House, where are buried in particular Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. His funeral could also take place in the strictest privacy at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, with members of his clan. A protocol that would have already been accepted by his wife and four children.
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