LONDON – Prince Philip has died at the age of 99.
The husband of Queen Elizabeth had been admitted to the hospital many times in the past ten years. His most recent stay ended in March and lasted a month. He received a medical procedure for his heart during that visit.
The Duke of Edinburgh was born as the prince of Greece and Denmark in 1921. His family fled to Paris when he was an infant after they were overthrown from power.
Eight years later, Philip was sent to England to be raised by his grandmother and uncle. Prince Philip served in the British Royal Navy from 1939 to 1953 and fought in World War II.
He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, who is also a great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, making the couple third cousins.
In 1953, he completed flight training with the Royal Air Force and ultimately logged almost 6,000 flight hours in 59 different types of aircraft over the next four decades.
He was father to Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
Prince Philip was the oldest serving royal consort. He was known for his love of painting, horses, flying, sailing and environmental conservation.
Philip died from unknown causes at Windsor Castle. He would have turned 100 years old June 10.
Don’t forget, he was ALSO the Queen’s cousin….
Thank god we WON our Independence from Britain almost 250 years ago and no longer care about Royalty aka, dictators that wear crowns