Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, often known for his acerbic and quick-witted and extremely politically incorrect comments on every subject under the Sun, is dead:
The Queen today announced with ‘deep sorrow’ the death of her husband Prince Philip at the age of 99, her ‘strength and guide’ throughout their 73-year marriage and her 69-year reign.
The Duke of Edinburgh spent his final days at Windsor Castle with his wife after a 28-night stay in hospital having been admitted in mid-February for an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.
Her Majesty announced her husband’s death at midday as the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast outside Buckingham Palace and on public buildings across the UK and Commonwealth.
As with all royal births, marriages and deaths, a notice announcing Philip’s passing was displayed outside the palace while mourners are already laying flowers at Windsor Castle, where he is expected to be buried in Frogmore Gardens following a small family service at St George’s Chapel.
A state funeral including a flotilla of boats on the Thames to mark his life looks impossible due to covid restrictions, but the Duke was said to have disliked the idea because he ‘didn’t want the fuss’.
The Royal Family said in a statement: ‘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’.
A frail Philip was last seen leaving hospital on March 16 and his death plunges the nation and the Royal Family into mourning, and brings to an end Philip’s lifetime of service to Britain and to Elizabeth, the Queen who adored him since her teens. The couple shared their 73rd wedding anniversary last November and he was due to turn 100 on June 10 this year.
The man’s record of service was quite simply astonishing. He really did exemplify the Greatest Generation’s steadfastness, devotion to duty, and strength of character.
He served with distinction in WWII and fought for his adopted country – for he was of course originally Greek by birth and abandoned his claims to Greek and Danish royal titles when he married the woman who would eventually become Queen Elizabeth II.
Think on that for a moment. This was a true ALPHA among Alphas, the Chaddest of Chads – and he gave up everything to serve his adopted country in the shadow of his wife, alongside whom he stood at all times.
He never, ever stopped being an Alpha. Just go read some of his off-the-cuff comments. Prince Philip never gave the minutest quantum of a damn what anyone thought about him. But he always understood his most important and absolute duty – to his wife, his people, and his country.
We in the Christian Nationalist Right make a big deal about the importance of leading your own house, and that is right and good. But perhaps we forget that, ultimately, we serve in order to lead. Prince Philip understood the difference, and did his duty.
Indeed, that is probably the highest honour that we can pay to him – he did his duty.
Moreover, he personified that generation’s highest attribute, and sometimes its greatest weakness: absolute and total loyalty to his partner. Of his four children, only Prince Edward is still married to his original spouse. The other three were involved in scandals, affairs, and all sorts of distasteful nonsense that brought the House of Windsor into great disrepute – even his purported favourite, Princess Anne.
On another note – I am well aware that not everyone who reads my work is particularly fond of the Royal Family, with often very good reason. I understand why – I can’t claim to be a big fan of them myself. But I do also understand the importance of heritage and tradition to the fabric of a nation. And as such, let’s leave aside such petty problems for a more appropriate time.
For now, it is enough to say that he was the Royal Consort that his country and his people ultimately needed him to be.