Prince Philip Dies at 99

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On Friday, April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died at age 99.

Kate Shanahan, Sports & Op Ed Editor

On Friday, April 9, 2021, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh passed away at age 99. Early that morning, officials from Buckingham Palace released a statement regarding the death of the UK’s Prince Philip. He passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip, unfortunately, passed away just two months before his 100th birthday and is the longest-serving consort in Britain’s history.

His 99 years were filled with extraordinary achievements. The Duke of Edinburgh was involved with many charities, made countless visits to research laboratories, coal mines, factories, and engineering works due to his keen interest in science and technology.

Prince Philip was an International Equestrian Federation president. The Duke of Edinburgh also created the world’s leading youth achievement program and made rules for an international sport. After retiring from the game of polo in 1970, the prince threw himself into creating rules for international carriage competitions and even wrote a book on the subject.

The Duke of Edinburgh was additionally a former Royal Air Force pilot. He was able to establish international carriage competitions and totaled over 5,900 flying hours. In 1953, he was presented with his Royal Air Force wings and also knew how to fly a helicopter and private plane. Many knew him as a master of the skies.

Before retiring from his royal duties back in 2017, Prince Philip completed 22,219 solo royal engagements which started all the way back in 1952. Like many royals before him, Prince Philip was fascinated by the arts and was a proud collector. He fancied painting mostly landscapes with oils and dabbled in the design of stained glass windows for Windsor Castle, where he rests.

Some remark his most noteworthy achievement as his founding of the Duke of Edinburgh youth awards program in 1956. This program helps young adults navigate adulthood by helping their communities, training or competing in an expedition, and other various activities.

It is an understatement to say that Prince Philip will be missed, most of all by Queen Elizabeth, his wife of over 70 years. He certainly left his mark on the Royal Crown, but the entire world.