Prince Philip Passes Away, Leaving England Devastated

Miranda Miller, Sandscript Author

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was pronounced dead at Windsor Castle on April 9.  He passed away at the age of 99.  His wife, Queen Elizabeth II, along with the rest of the royal family mourn his death.  Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II had been married for 73 years before Philip’s passing, and would be celebrating their 74th anniversary on November 20.  

The Saturday after the prince’s death, a 41-gun salute went off in many cities across England, including London and Edinburgh, in honor of his service.  Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy during World War II and was active in the royal services for 13 years.  In addition, citizens of England left posters and flowers around the gates of Windsor Castle as a tribute. 

In total, there were 30 attendees to the late prince’s funeral.  Some attendees included Queen Elizabeth, their four sons, and their grandchildren.  Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, was also in attendance even after his leave from his royal duties.  However, his wife, Meghan Markle, stayed back in the couple’s home in Malibu, California, to take care of their son. 

Prince Philip was buried on April 17 in the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel.  This vault is the burial place for many other royal family members who have passed including King George IV and King William IV.  However, the prince will not be staying in the vault for very long.  Once the queen passes, he will be moved and buried with her in the King George IV memorial chapel.