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Prince Philip’s Life In Pictures: 1921-2021

Looking back at the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

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At age 99, Prince Philip — Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and the longest-serving royal consort in British history — has died. The royal family shared the news of his death in a statement on Friday, April 9. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the official statement read. “Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.” As we wait for more information surrounding his death, here's a look back at Prince Philip's life in pictures.

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1930

The then Prince Philip of Greece aged 9, wearing traditional Greek dress.

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1935

Prince Philip famously attended Gordonstoun, a Scottish boarding school where he thrived. Here he is pictured in the school's production of Macbeth.

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1939

Prince Philip, aged 18, at Gordonstoun. He would leave school early to train as a cadet at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, where he would meet the queen, then Princess Elizabeth, during a tour of the college.

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1946

Prince Philip photographed during his service as an officer in the Royal Navy. He served in World War II, where he was credited with saving HMS Wallace during the invasion of Sicily.

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1947

Prince Philip pictured on his wedding day, 20 November 1947. The pair had begun exchanging letters after meeting at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in 1939.

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1952

The queen and Prince Philip together with their first two children, Prince Charles, born in 1948, and Princess Anne, born in 1950.

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1953

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh waving to the crowd from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after the coronation in 1953.

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1970

Prince Philip with his daughter, Princess Anne, on the Isle of Wight. In 1974, a gunman tried to kidnap Anne, to which her father quipped, “If the man had succeeded in abducting Anne, she would have given him a hell of a time while in captivity.”

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1986

Prince Philip kissing Princess Diana upon her arrival at the Royal Society of Arts. In the inquest after her death, his letters to the Princess of Wales were revealed, in which she addressed him in reply as “Dearest Pa.”

1997

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, and Prince Harry, photographed walking behind Princess Diana’s coffin at her funeral.

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2007

Pictured with the queen at Broadlands, where they honeymooned 60 years prior. This photograph was released on account of their diamond wedding anniversary.

2011

Prince Philip with President Barack Obama, inspecting the guard of honour 1st battalion Scots Guards at Buckingham Palace.

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2014

Here, Prince Philip is pictured exchanging gifts with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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2020

Prince Philip is pictured at Windsor Palace during a ceremony marking the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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