Queen Elizabeth II now widow as husband dies at 99

The Duke of Edinburgh and the spouse to the British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at the age of 99.

A statement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday reads, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Flags on landmark buildings in Britain were being lowered to half-mast as a period of mourning was announced.

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