The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99

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Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip.

In a statement the palace said “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death if her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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

Britain’s PM Boris Johnson said, in an address at Downing Street, he received the news “with great sadness”.

The Prime Minister also said: “Prince Philip earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.”

Scotlands First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon also tweeted her sadness at the death of the Duke: “I send my persona and deepest condolences- and those of @scotgov and the people of Scotland- to Her Majesty The Queen and her family”.

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour Leader, has said in a tweet: “The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip.

“Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country- from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “He consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in doing so, provided an outstanding example of Christian service.

“As we recover and rebuild after the terrible trial of the coronavirus pandemic, we will need fortitude and a deep sense of commitment to serving others.”

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said: “It is of course sad when anyone passes away, and it is only right that we recognise the lifetime of public service the Duke of Edinburgh has given and the support he has been to Her Majesty the Queen.

“At 99 years of age he has been in some way a constant presence in all of our lives and his loss will be felt across Stirling and the Forth Valley.  I myself remember when he visited my primary school in what must have been the mid 1970s, we will all have our own memories of him.

I am sure people across Stirling of all politics and none will be saddened todayat this news, and I join with them in sending my condolences to the Royal Family.”

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had been married for nearly 74 years and the Duke was due to turn 100 in June.

Feature Image Credit: – The Northern Echo

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