The British Prince Philip, the husband of the British Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away. Buckingham Palace has announced this. He was 99 years old.
“It is with great sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen reports the death of her beloved husband,” said Buckingham Palace. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
The prince had been struggling with his health in recent years and was often hospitalized. At the beginning of 2021, he and his wife received the corona vaccine.
The British people lose a royal prankster, although he was never king. “I have to admit that I am inclined to ask to be reincarnated as a particularly deadly virus,” the British Prince Philip once wrote as a preface to the book If I were an animal. It is typical of the prince that he eventually died during a worldwide pandemic.
Philip was known for his “special” sense of humour. His jokes were not always politically correct. He warned a group of British students who took a trip to China in the 1980s to avoid staying too long or risked getting split eyes. He told Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner that “it was a nice change to be in a country that its people do not rule.”
But just as often, he was just witty. While trapped in Heriot Watt University’s elevator, he said, “ This can only happen in a technical university. ” And during Kenya’s independence ceremony, he took Jomo Kenyatta, the excellent independence fighter, aside for a moment and sarcastically asked if he was that he wanted to continue with this.