Queen Elizabeth II of England has on Friday lost her 99-year-old husband who was the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen’s “strength and stay” for 73 years.

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

Prince Philip’s health had been slowly deteriorating for some time. He announced he was stepping down from royal engagements in May 2017, joking that he could no longer stand up. He made a final official public appearance later that year during a Royal Marines parade on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Here is a statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday announcing Prince Philip’s death.

“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 be made in due course.

“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss,” the statement said.

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