Prince Philip death anniversary: when did Duke of Edinburgh die and how will Queen mark passing one year on

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It has been a tumultuous 12 months for the Royal Family since the death of Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh died in his sleep on the morning of 9 April last year at Windsor Castle - he was two months short of his 100th birthday.

Later that day the Royal Family released a statement confirming his death and saying that they will “join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

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The Queen had described Prince Philip as her “strength and stay” in a speech at their golden wedding anniversary in 1997.

In the year since his death, the Royal Family has had to navigate the continuing controversy surrounding Prince Andrew.

Prince Andrew a settlement, estimated to be up to £12 million to Virginia Giuffre, who had accused him of sexual abuse.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also courted controversy on a visit to the Caribbean, where they were seen shaking hands with children through a metal fence.

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How will the Royal Family mark the anniversary of Prince Philip’s death?

The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family are expected to mark the anniversary privately.

A service of thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip was held on March 29 and attended by the Royal Family including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Prince William.

The official Twitter page for the Duke of Edinburgh award shared a picture of Prince Philip today (9 April) with the caption: “Today we remember HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and reflect on the difference The Duke made to millions of young people’s lives through the DofE.”

The Royal Family Instagram page also shared a video in tribute to Prince Philip over a reading of The Patriarchs – An Elegy’ by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.

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The video contains images of Prince Philip throughout his life, through his military service, marriage to the Queen, family life, and public engagements.

Who was Prince Philip?

Prince Philip became an international figure when he married the Queen almost 75 years ago.

His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his mother was Princess Alice, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean and the Pacific.

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After Queen Elizabeth II’s accession in 1952, he left active service and shared her role in public life.

He founded the youth award programme, the Duke of Edinburgh award, in 1956.

Over his life, Prince Philip completed more than 22,000 solo engagements, the last of which was when he was 96 years old.

Some of these engagements were marred by Prince Philip’s use of casually racist or sexist language, another trait for which he was well known.

He retired from public life in 2017, after 65 years of service.

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