On April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace informed the world of the death of Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was the husband of Queen Elizabeth for 73 years.
The news of the Duke’s death came after more than 28 days in hospital, after which he was discharged and returned to Windsor Castle where he died, Queen Elizabeth II was by his side until the end.
What did Prince Philip die of?
Philip of Edinburgh was 99 years old, just two months shy of his 100th birthday. According to the death certificate, the official cause of death was “advanced age”.
Prince Philip did not die of heart disease, COVID-19, or infection. He simply died of old age.
Buckingham Palace reported that Prince Philip departed “peacefully”.
The death certificate was signed by Sir Huw Thomas, head of the royal medical house, who saw a progressive decline in his state of health in recent years. Huw cleared the doubts that there was no other illness or injury that contributed to Philip’s death.
Accidents of the Duke of Edinburgh
It should be recalled that the Duke went through several hospital episodes.
- 2011: he was forced to spend the Christmas holidays in hospital to undergo an operation to unclog a blocked artery.
- 2012: he was not present at all of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee celebrations due to a bladder infection, he was forced to be hospitalized for five days.
- 2017: he was forced to spend a couple of days in hospital due to an infection.
- 2018: was operated on for a hip problem, for which he was fitted with a replacement.
- 2019: he had a gnarly accident while driving his Range Rover. His car overturned but he was unhurt.
Despite his age and all the health problems, Philip of Edinburgh remained quite active. His last years he led a retired life with Elizabeth II with whom he spent the time of the pandemic in Windsor.
The Duke’s death was recorded four days after his passing in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by his private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell.