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Meet The Lovely Children of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died on 9 April at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. "With deep regret, Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," Buckingham Palace said on social media.

The royal household has also issued a statement indicating that further details will be released when appropriate. "The royal family joins people around the world in mourning his loss," Buckingham added.

The Duke was hospitalised on 17 February for treatment and surgery for a heart condition and was discharged on 16 March.

Philip of Edinburgh, who was formerly Philip of Greece and Denmark, is one of the longest-serving married royals. He married Elizabeth when she was still a princess in 1947, five years before George VI died and his daughter came to the throne.

Together they had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, who have given them eight grandchildren (two each: William and Henry; Zara and Mike; Beatrice and Eugenie; and James and Louise) and nine great-grandchildren - and another on the way for Meghan and Harry - as well as a long public life together.

This, as Buckingham announced in May 2017, was due to end in the autumn: Philip would then step down from his duties and begin his retirement.

However, Philip's arrival in the British monarchy was not an easy one. Many did not see him as an acceptable candidate to marry Elizabeth, the heir to the throne.

Philip, though attractive and very likeable, did not come from a sufficiently noble birth according to some and, above all, had no fortune of any kind: his army pay was all he had.

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