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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away at age of 99

London - Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the lifelong husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. The Buckingham Palace announced Friday, April 9th.

In a statement, the palace said: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

The duke had been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London hospital on February 17 after feeling unwell. The royal palace afterward affirmed that he was being treated for contamination. On March 1, he was transferred to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, also in London, where specialists proceeded to treat the infection as well as undertake testing for a pre-existing heart condition. After heart surgery, the duke was released from the hospital in mid-March.

Tributes for the duke have overflowed in from all over the world, counting the Commonwealth nations of India and Australia. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had a "distinguished career in the military and was at the forefront of many community service initiatives. May his soul rest in peace." Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Philip "embodied an era that we'll never see again."

Source: CNN news

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