Friday, April 09, 2021

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has said.

A statement from the Palace said: "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.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

Great Britain will now begin a period of national mourning, until the day of the Duke's funeral, the longest serving consort to a monarach, in history.  The Duke would have had his 100th Birthday in June.

The Duke, who hated “fuss” and took a no-nonsense approach to life, had planned a royal ceremonial funeral, rather than a State funeral, giving him the same status as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Buckingham Palace has indicated that it will be a revised funeral in accordance with coronavirus restrictions and the Prince's wishes.  Current legislation limits funerals to 30 members.  The funeral is likely to take place in one weeks time.

For those would like to mark the passing of the Prince in Second Life, a black armband is available in the meeting area.

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