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Tributes flood in after the death of Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99.

The palace has announced that he died peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The couple, who had been married 73 years, spent much of the pandemic isolating at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip has died at the age of 99 (46002773)
Prince Philip has died at the age of 99 (46002773)

A statement from the Royal Family 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 made in due course.

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Robert Jenrick posted a tribute to Twitter. Credit: Number 10. (44760529)
Robert Jenrick posted a tribute to Twitter. Credit: Number 10. (44760529)

Newark MP Robert Jenrick said: "We owe Prince Philip an extraordinary debt for a long life of service. His qualities of fortitude, commitment and duty were truly inspirational.

"The nation and Commonwealth will mourn the passing of a great man. Thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family."

Sherwood MP and government chief whip Mark Spencer also took to social media.

He said: "Very sorry to hear HRH Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.

"A very long life dedicated to public service, and great support to HM the Queen."

Chris Elliot, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "All at the fund are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of The Duke of Edinburgh and send our condolences to our Patron Her Majesty The Queen and all the Royal Famly at this sad time."

"His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh understood only too well the call of duty, what it was to serve one’s country. He was an example to us all.

“He was the President of the Guinea Pig Club and we were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to the unveiling of a memorial to the Guinea Pig Club at the National Arboretum.

"The Guinea Pig Club were stoic and resilient in the face of great danger and adversty – qualities The Duke admired and shared.”

In 2017 he retired from public duties and transferred his role of colonel-in-chief of The Rifles in a ceremony in Windsor to the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, last July.

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