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The Passing of a Royal

ROYAL COUPLE Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, pose at Windsor Castle in January 2020. STEVE PARSONS—PA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

The United Kingdom’s royal family announced on April 9 that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, had died. He was 99.

Philip was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He served as a naval officer in World War II. He also devoted nearly 70 years to public service, working with nearly a thousand charities and organizations.

Elizabeth and Philip married in 1947. They had four children, including Prince Charles, who is next in line to the throne. Prince William and Prince Harry are Elizabeth and Philip’s grandchildren.

World leaders offered condolences. On Twitter, President Joe Biden wrote, “Jill and I are keeping the Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the people of the United Kingdom in our hearts.”

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