Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has died at the age of 99.
Philip, who was the Queen’s husband for more than seven decades, passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Family confirmed the sad news in a statement on Friday evening.
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“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement said.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
The cause of death has not yet been revealed. However, it comes just three weeks after the Duke was discharged from a London hospital after receiving treatment for an infection and heart surgery.
Prince Philip would have celebrated his 100th birthday on June 10.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Duke “embodied a generation that we will never see again”.
“For nearly 80 years, Prince Philip served his Crown, his country and the Commonwealth,” Mr Morrison said.
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was, in the words of Her Majesty, her ‘strength and stay’.
“Beginning as a naval cadet in 1939, he served in war and in peace. When Her Majesty ascended the throne, The Duke ended his military service and became her constant support.”
Mr Morrison said Prince Philip was “no stranger to Australia”, having visited the country on more than 20 occasions.
“Through his service to the Commonwealth he presided as patron or president of nearly 50 organisations in Australia. Given his own service, Prince Philip also had a strong connection with the Australian Defence Force.”
“Australians send our love and deepest condolences to her Majesty and all the Royal family.
“The Commonwealth family joins together in sorrow and thanksgiving for the loss and life of Prince Philip. God bless from all here in Australia,” he concluded.
It’s understood further details about Australia’s remembrance of Prince Philip will be announced over coming days.
In the meantime, flags will be lowered in honour of His Royal Highness.