Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at 99.
Philip spent 65 years supporting the queen, retiring from his public role in 2017 and staying largely out of the view since.
A statement from the palace on Friday read; “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 also said Philip died peacefully Friday morning at Windsor Castle.
The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years, and became the longest-serving consort in British history.
Over the years Philip made more than 70 appearances in Canada, his last in 2013.
He was recently released from hospital after under going a heart procedure.
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.
His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/XOIDQqlFPn
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 9, 2021
Premier Scott Moe issued the following statement:
It is with profound sadness that I learned today of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. I join all of Her Majesty’s loyal subjects in Saskatchewan in sending our sincere condolences to Her Majesty in her bereavement, as well as to all members of the Royal Family.
His Royal Highness visited Saskatchewan no fewer than eight times between 1951 and our centennial year in 2005. His sense of duty to the Canadian Armed Forces, our youth through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and so many other endeavours, endeared him to us all.
We share in this sorrow with millions of others across the Commonwealth and the world. It is our hope that the knowledge of the extraordinary impact that His Royal Highness had on so many people and organizations in his many decades of public life will provide comfort and solace.
Flags on all Government of Saskatchewan buildings will be flown at half mast immediately and until sunset on the evening of His Royal Highness’ Funeral. A virtual book of condolence is available on the Lieutenant Governor’s Website .
Regina Mayor Sandra Masters also sent the following message out on Friday.
“On behalf of City Council and the residents of Regina, I would like to extend our condolences to Her Majesty The Queen on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Regina many times over the past seven decades, beginning with his first visit in 1951. In 1973, Prince Philip helped the Royal Canadian Mounted Police celebrate their Centennial at Regina’s RCMP Depot. The Prince was most recently in Regina in 2005, where he was presented with moccasins at a welcoming ceremony at First Nations University of Canada.
On behalf of a city, we extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and Royal Family today.”