Queen Elizabeth is to enter an eight-day period of mourning following the death of Prince Philip on Friday at the age of 99.
Following these eight days, a further period of official Royal Mourning is expected to continue for 30 days.
In a statement released by the Buckingham palace, the Prince Philip died peacefully on Friday, April 9.
The statement 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.”
Prince Philip was last seen in public on March 16 as he left the private King Edward VII hospital, where he had been recuperating following heart surgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, a leading cardiac unit.
According to reports, Prince Philip will be buried in Frogmore Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle where the Queen liked to walk her corgis. There will a 30-day period of official Royal Mourning before the Queen returns to public duties.
He met the Queen in 1934 and has been by her side ever since they got married. He was also the longest serving Royal consort in British history.