Thursday 29th of September 2022

Nairobi, Kenya

UK’s Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Dies At The Age Of 99

In his active years, Philip helped set a new course for the monarchy under a young queen, championing Britain itself.

LONDON  Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and the longest-serving consort of any British monarch, has died at age 99.

A statement posted on the royal family’s website Friday morning said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

His death was met with a flood of tributes from across Britain and the world. In accordance with tradition, a framed notice containing the news was also placed on the railings outside Buckingham Palace.

Philip spent 65 years supporting the queen, retiring from his public role in 2017 and staying largely out of the view since. In his active years, he helped set a new course for the monarchy, championing Britain itself, as well as environmental causes, science, and technology.

His passing comes as the royal family confronts new challenges, most recently the intense publicity that followed the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, from both the U.K. and official royal duties.

Philip’s relationship with Princess Elizabeth began as a story of young love.

“We behave as though we had belonged to each other for years,” Elizabeth wrote in a letter to her parents shortly after they married.

Over the years, the queen acknowledged Philip’s deep influence on her, calling him her “strength and stay” in a speech on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

“I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim or we shall ever know,” she said at the time.

The intensely private prince will likely be remembered for his early efforts to help modernize the royal family’s image during a time of great change for Britain and the world, especially at the outset of Elizabeth’s reign in 1952. He also developed a reputation for the occasional brusque comment and crass, if not racist jokes.

“The queen inherited from her father a model of monarchy that was very hands-off, old-fashioned, and slightly invisible,” said Sarah Gristwood, a historian and the author of “Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown.”

“It wasn’t equipped to deal with a new media age, and Prince Philip played a huge role in moving it forward then.”

Philip helped bring the royals to life on television rather than through radio reports. He was the first member of the royal family to do a televised interview and he presented a show on a royal tour of the Commonwealth. He is also said to have had a hand in televising the queen’s coronation in 1953 and in organizing a groundbreaking 1969 television documentary about the family.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name Baby Son Archie Harrison

After a showstopping appearance at Windsor Castle, in which Meghan and Harry’s gently snoozing little boy was referred to merely as “Baby Sussex,” the new royal baby has a name: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry hinted, when he announced the birth Monday, that the royal couple had already decided on a name, saying that because Meghan was overdue, that had given them some extra time to think about their choice.

However, the couple would not have disclosed the name until they had run it past the queen for approval, who they met earlier Wednesday.

The child will not immediately be given a title, it was being reported. Only grandchildren of the queen automatically become princes or princesses.

Earlier Wednesday, Meghan and Harry beamed with pride as they introduced their new “bundle of joy” to the world in a small photocall at Windsor Castle.

Less than a year ago, Windsor Castle was the venue for Harry and Meghan’s fairy-tale wedding.

The proud parents looked on lovingly as their perfect baby, swaddled in a white shawl, slept through his first public engagement

Asked how she was doing, Meghan said: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing and I have the two best guys in the world, so I am really happy.”

Asked if Archie was a good baby, Meghan said, “Yes. He has the sweetest temperament. He is really calm and he has just been a breeze so it has been a special couple of days.”

Questioned on whether he looked more like either of them, Meghan said, “We are still trying to figure that out.”

Harry said, “Everyone says that babies change so much over two weeks, so we’re basically monitoring how the changing process happens over the next month really. But his looks are changing every single day, so who knows.”

Asked how he was finding parenting, Harry said: “It’s great, parenting is amazing. It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we are just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and spend some special time with him as he slowly starts to grow up.”

Content courtesy of Daily Beast & Nairobi fashion hub Online Digital Team 

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