LONDON — Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband and the longest-serving consort of any British monarch, has died at age 99.
He was recently released from the hospital after battling an infection and has passed away just short of his 100th birthday.
Philip spent 65 years supporting the queen, retiring from his public role in 2017 and staying largely out of the view since. In his active years, he helped set a new course for the monarchy under a young queen, championing Britain itself, as well as environmental causes, science and technology. The two have been married for 74 years.
From that moment on, he became the queen’s “consort,” the title given to the official companion of the monarch. In that role, Philip, who met every post-war U.S. president, sought to portray himself as working tirelessly in support of his wife.
Over the years, the queen acknowledged Philip’s deep influence on her, calling him her “strength and stay” in a speech on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.
Prince Philip is survived by eight grandchildren: Peter and Zara Phillips; Prince William and Prince Harry; Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Our Royal correspondent, Dr Dominic Green, deputy editor of the Spectator and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, joined Jen and Bill this morning to discuss the legacy of the Prince and what might be next for the Royal family.
He puts everything into great perspective here.