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Piers Morgan leads celebrities in heartbreaking tributes to Prince Philip as he dies at 99

Piers Morgan leads celebrities in heartbreaking tributes to Prince Philip as he dies at 99
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has died peacefully at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace has announced. The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.
Piers Morgan has since led celebrities paying tribute to the royal online, writing: “RIP Prince Philip, 99.

“A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign.

“A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir.”

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, 44, offered his condolences to the Royal Family as the Queen goes into eight days of mourning.

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Taking to Twitter, the BBC presenter offered his “deepest condolences” in view of his 707,000 followers.

He penned: “What a life. My deepest condolences to the Queen and the rest of the royal family.”

Dan accompanied the post with a candid snap of Prince Philip alongside the official statement.

Other celebrities have since taken to social media and offered their regards.

Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid penned: “Sad news about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. Such a huge loss for the Queen and his family. His has been her constant, steadfast support.”

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield offered: “Farewell to a remarkable man, terrifying to attempt to interview but great fun to be with.”

Rod Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster wrote: “Thoughts are with the Royal family, especially the Queen at the very sad news of the passing of Duke of Edinburgh her husband of 73 years.”

Singer Boy George added: “Very sad news about Prince Philip. He was a character. Like a very naughty grandfather. RIP. God Bless The Queen!”

Former Homes Under The Hammer presenter Lucy Alexander penned: “This is very sad news indeed.”

While Piers’ former GMB colleague Alex Beresford uploaded: “So sad! Thoughts with the whole of the Royal family!”

Strictly’s Janette Manrara remarked: “My deepest condolences to the Royal Family and Her Majesty the Queen.

“May Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh rest in peace.”

Lord Alan Sugar penned: “Very sad to hear that the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip has passed away. My thoughts are with HRH & the Royal family. R.I.P.

“My condolences to Her Majesty and to all of the Royal Family.”

Vernon Kay wrote: “Very sad news, hearing the passing of Prince Phillip. RIP.”

Richard Branson: “Rest in peace Prince Philip. A lifetime of public service. My thoughts are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family.”

While Kay Burley tweeted simply: “RIP sir.”

“RIP H.R.H Prince Philip. So sad. Thoughts are with the Royal family,” Kym Marsh went on.

Loose Women’s Stacey Solomon commented: “Such sad news… My thoughts and prayers to the Queen and her family. 73 years of marriage. Rest in peace Prince Philip.”

London mayor candidate, Laurence Fox, said: “So sad to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. My prayers are with Her Majesty and the entire royal family at this difficult time.”

He continued: “A exemplar of dutiful public service and a wonderful irreverent wit. God save the queen.”

Harry Redknapp wrote: “Rest in peace Prince Philip. 1921-2021.”

Russell Watson penned: “May you rest in peace, His Royal highness, Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edingburgh.

“A wonderful man with a wicked sense of humour.”

Britain’s Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden wrote: “So sad to hear this news. 1921 – 2021. Rest in peace HRH Prince Philip – Duke of Edinburgh.

“A true gentleman. Our thoughts are with you ma’am.”

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip last visited Houston in 1991

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip last visited Houston in 1991
HOUSTON, Texas — Queen Elizabeth II dodged a few raindrops 29 years ago as she wound up her three-day visit to Texas with toe-tapping gospel music in Houston’s oldest black Baptist church and a visit to Johnson Space Center.The following story was written by Ben Jaminson with the Associated Press on May 22, 1991 when the queen made her historic visit. That was also the last time the queen and Prince Philip were in Houston.

“She said it rains here and it rains where she lives too,” Mayor Kathy Whitmire said after she sat with the queen and Prince Philip under a white awning outside City Hall as a parade of performers streamed by.Prince Philip chuckled as the Houston Community Choir sang Home on the Range, particularly when the singers reached the line where the skies are not cloudy all day in the midst of a downpour.

At Houston’s Antioch Baptist Church, a 125-year-old downtown church, the royal couple appeared at first unprepared for the loud, lively singing by two gospel choirs. But after about 20 minutes, the queen began tapping her toes to the rhythms of the energetic performance.

It was nice, the queen said of the uniquely American music.

At Johnson Space Center, the queen and prince viewed exhibits of space suits, space food and robots, received a plaque from center officials and toured Mission Control, where U.S. spaceflights are commanded.

The Houston visit, scheduled to end with a private dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts, capped a nine-day U.S. visit that began in Washington and included stops in Florida and Texas.
After the dinner, the queen was to bestow an honorary knighthood on Dallas resident Cecil H. Green in a private ceremony. Green, a British-born U.S. citizen, is an international philanthropist who endowed the Green College at Oxford University. He also is the co-founder of Texas Instruments, Inc.

The queen, 65, was heading Thursday for a private weekend stay in Lexington, Ky., while Prince Philip was heading home.

The original schedule called for the royal visit to coincide with a space shuttle flight, but the mission that was to begin Wednesday was delayed by equipment problems.

The royal couple toured the new Veterans Affairs Medical Center and chatted with a Desert Storm veteran and World War II veteran.

“She’s more attractive than I thought,” said 22-year-old Army Spec. Delman Orme, recovering from a head injury suffered in Kuwait. “I thought the Majesty was very pretty for her age.”While the queen met briefly with Orme at the veterans hospital, Prince Philip traded Navy stories with Edd Athon, a Navy Air Corps tailgunner in World War II.

At the parade, Houstonians lined parking multi-decked parking garages and peered down from glassed-in skywalks to get a glimpse of the monarch.

“I was in London the day she was crowned,” said Ruth Weber of Houston who stood in the rain for more than an hour to get about a 20-second glimpse of the royal couple. “It was worth it.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Prince Philip dead: Queen to wear mourning clothes & black for days as she mourns her way

Prince Philip dead: Queen to wear mourning clothes & black for days as she mourns her way
Prince Philip was the Duke of Edinburgh and was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years. The Queen’s husband has sadly passed away at the age of 99, it has been confirmed. The couple met in 1934, and got married on November 20 1947 at Westminster Abbey.
The Queen and Prince Philip’s marriage is the longest of any British sovereign, with the Queen being the longest serving monarch in the UK.

The Queen surpassed her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria’s long reign in 2015.

When a member of the Royal Family dies, there is a formal process to be followed – here’s what will happen next.

Though of course the Queen will be grieving for her loss in her own way, the royal will now enter an official mourning period of eight days.

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The initial formal mourning period means that no laws will be given the Royal Assent, and affairs of state will be put on hold as a sign of respect.

As soon as the death was confirmed, members of the Royal Family and representatives of the Royal Family would have been expected to wear black or dark colours and mourning bands, according to tradition.

Once the funeral has passed, the Queen will continue to mourn in private, but she will resume her royal duties from behind closed doors.

However, the full period of mourning for the Royal Family will continue for a further 30 days.

It is only after this time that the Queen will make a full return to public life and duties.

The sad time will also be mourned nationwide by the public, with an official national mourning period between now and the funeral.

Flags will be lowered to half-mast to mark the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, with the exception of the Royal Standard flag above Buckingham Palace.

The flag represents the monarchy and is never lowered even in the event of a royal death.

Government ministers will also show their respects for the late Prince Philip.

Members of Parliament will wear black armbands on their left arm as part of the mourning period, while men will also wear black ties.

Despite the sombre time, social engagements will be cancelled, but official engagements may still go ahead for some royals.

However, while this is the official protocol, there’s no guarantees that the Queen will follow this exact process.

Previous monarchs have mourned in their own ways, not necessarily following the traditional time period to grieve for their spouse.

For example, when Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away in December 1861, the Queen remained in seclusion for years, not even appearing for the opening of Parliament.

However, it’s thought that Queen Elizabeth will likely stick to the schedule and resume her duties as planned, though it will understandably be difficult after her long and happy marriage.

There may also be a nationwide two minute silence to mark the death of the Duke.

The deaths of both George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother were marked by a national two minute silence on the days of their funerals.

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Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, dead at 99

Prince Philip, husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, dead at 99

The Royal Family said Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away peacefully Friday morning at Windsor Castle.

WASHINGTON — Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and father to Great Britain’s next king has died. He was 99.
The Royal Family announced the news Friday saying, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced 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.”
Philip spent a month in hospital earlier this year before being released on March 16 to return to Windsor Castle.
Philip was born in Greece’s island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. He was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He was a member of both the Greek and Danish royal families, but he was not Greek.
Philip’s uncle, King Constantine I, was forced to abdicate the Greek throne in 1922. The military government arrested Philip’s father, and a court eventually banned him from Greece.
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Philip spent his childhood in France, Great Britain and Germany. He attended the Royal Naval College starting in 1939 at 18 years old, just before the start of World War II. It was there that Elizabeth, daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I, remembered meeting Philip for the first time when she was 13, although there are multiple reports they met at a wedding five years earlier (Elizabeth said in a letter she didn’t recall). The young Elizabeth developed a crush on Philip, and they eventually started a relationship. The two were great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria, making them distant cousins.
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Military service

Philip served in the Navy during World War II primarily in the Indian Ocean and Mediterranean and fought against some of his own German brothers-in-law. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming a first lieutenant at 21 years old and second-in-command of the destroyer HMS Wallace.
Philip played a key role in saving the lives of his crew in the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily. As the Wallace was being bombarded in the dead of night. Philip came up with a distraction.
“I got a Carley float (raft), filled it with rubbish and set fire to it and launched it, hoping that the aeroplane would think we were burning or something,” Philip told BBC Radio 4 in 2014. “And it did! It went and had a go at it – we got away with it.”
Philip was also at Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
Philip and Elizabeth II married on Nov. 20, 1947, but not before Philip renounced his Greek citizenship and became a British subject. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in 2017.
After their wedding, Philip was given the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
Elizabeth II became queen after her father’s death in 1952. As Elizabeth’s royal consort, Philip had no claim to the throne and would never become king.
Philip subsequently left the Navy, but he still gained several military titles over the years including Admiral of the Fleet and Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.  

Royal succession

Philip and Elizabeth had four children — Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward. Their eldest son, Charles, is next in line for the throne, followed by their grandson, William, and great-grandson, George. They have eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
Philip mostly avoided controversy, but he became a crucial player in the oftenstrained relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. During their courtship, Philip told Charles to decide if he wanted to marry Diana or break it off. As the couple’s marriage struggled, Philip and Elizabeth reportedly tried to get them to reconcile. Eventually, Charles and Diana divorced in 1996.
Diana died a year after the divorce in a car crash in Paris along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed. Philip, Charles and Philip’s grandsons, William and Harry, walked behind Diana’s coffin in the funeral procession.
Fayed’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, publicly blamed Philip, accusing him of being a racist and ordering the crash that killed the couple, staging it to look like an accident. An investigation determined the collision was accidental.

Causes and accomplishments

Philip was as public as any member of the Royal Family, committing himself to his duties after his naval career ended.
Known as a conservationist, he became the first British president of the World Wildlife Fund in 1961.
“If we’ve got this extraordinary diversity on this globe it seems awfully silly for us to destroy it. All these other creatures have an equal right to exist here, we have no prior rights to the Earth than anybody else and if they’re here let’s give them a chance to survive,” he told the BBC in 2011.
Philip was the first member of the royal family to be interviewed on television, promoting youth apprenticeships in 1961.
He was also an advocate for designers whose work could improve daily life. The UK’s Design Council, a charity aimed at using design to make positive social, environmental and economic change, presented the annual Prince Philip Designers Prize from 1959 until he reduced his royal duties in 2011.
Philip made his 22,219th and final solo public appearance on Aug. 2, 2017, when he met with Royal Marines who completed a 1,664-mile journey to raise money for charity. Philip reportedly gave 5,496 speeches, wrote 14 books and went on 637 solo overseas visits in his royal role, according to the Associated Press.
An accomplished sportsman, he played polo regularly until 1971. He earned his Royal Air Force wings in 1953, helicopter wings in 1956 and private pilot’s license in 1959.
Philip was also worshipped by a group of villagers in the Republic of Vanuatu, an island nation near Australia. They believed he descended from one of their spiritual ancestors because he was married to a powerful woman.
Philip is survived by the queen and their four children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward — as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The grandchildren are Charles’ sons, Prince William and Prince Harry; Anne’s children, Peter and Zara Phillips; Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie; and Edward’s children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn.
The great-grandchildren are William and Kate’s children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis; Harry and Meghan’s son, Archie; Savannah and Isla, the daughters of Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn; Mia and Lena, the daughters of Zara Phillips and her husband, Mike Tindall; and Eugenie’s son, August, with her husband, Jack Brooksbank.
Information from Associated Press, USA TODAY, BBC, and The Guardian contributed to this report.

Grand National to go ahead as planned despite Prince Philip death after postponement talks

Grand National to go ahead as planned despite Prince Philip death after postponement talks
The Grand National will not be postponed following the death of Prince Philip on Friday. Talks were held to discuss potentially pushing back the 2021 National but it has been confirmed the race will go ahead as scheduled at 5.15pm on Saturday.
The British Horseracing Authority and Jockey Club racecourses, the owners of the iconic Aintree course, held talks to discuss the matter after the Duke of Edinburgh passed away aged 99.

And a statement confirmed on Friday afternoon: “Jockey Club racecourses has held discussions with the British Horseracing Authority regarding the staging of Randox Grand National day tomorrow at Aintree racecourse.

“Following consultation with government, we can confirm it will go ahead on Saturday. 

“Following the sad news of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh a two-minute silence will be held on course ahead of the 173rd Grand National, jockeys will be invited to wear black armbands and flags will be flown at half-mast at the racecourse.”

Friday’s Ladies Day also went ahead as planned but a two-minute silence was held at the course prior to the first race at 1.45pm.

Big screens around Aintree also showed tributes during the silence while flags were also flown at half-mast.

Prince Philip had been an honorary member of the Jockey Club since 1947. The Duke attended several race meetings with The Queen, who has long had an interest in horses, including Royal Ascot.

Senior Steward of The Jockey Club Sandy Dudgeon said in reaction to the news earlier on Friday: “We received the news of The Duke of Edinburgh’s death with great sadness. 

“On behalf of The Jockey Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and all members of the Royal Family.”

While Ascot racecourse said via Sir Francis Brooke, the Queen’s representative: “We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

“We have very happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes. 

“One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen’s Vase after Estimate’s victory.”

The 2020 Grand National had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, just weeks after the Cheltenham Festival controversially went ahead with sold-out crowds.

This year’s race, if it goes ahead, will be held behind closed doors just as Cheltenham was last month.

ITV meanwhile confirmed that their broadcast of Friday’s racing would switch to ITV4 for the day as the country morns the death of the Duke. Saturday’s Grand National will be shown on ITV as normal.

A statement from Buckingham Palace on Friday said: “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.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said outside Downing Street: “He [Philip] was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.

“With his Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.

We remember the duke for all of this and above all for his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen.

“Not just as her consort, by her side every day of her reign, but as her husband, her ‘strength and stay’, of more than 70 years.”

Britain mourns Prince Philip; leaders honor service to Queen

Britain mourns Prince Philip; leaders honor service to Queen

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Philip “earned the affection of generations here in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world.”

LONDON, UK — World leaders and people on the street honored Prince Philip’s life of service to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, and the British nation Friday after hearing of the death of a man who had been by the monarch’s side longer than most of them have been alive.
At Buckingham Palace, the queen’s London residence, members of the public laid daffodils at the gates, and the flag was lowered to half-staff. The BBC interrupted programming to broadcast the national anthem, “God Save the Queen.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Philip, 99, “earned the affection of generations here in Britain, across the Commonwealth and around the world.”
“We are a kingdom united both in grief and in gratitude,” Johnson said. “Grief at Prince Philip’s passing, and gratitude for his decades of selfless service to the country.”
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Philip, who served in the Royal Navy during World War II, married the future queen in 1947 and kept up a full schedule of public appearances until he retired in 2017. On March 16, he was released from the hospital looking tired and gaunt after receiving treatment for an undisclosed infection and a heart problem.
Known for his sharp wit, he fulfilled more than 20,000 royal engagements to boost British interests at home and abroad. He also led hundreds of charities, started programs that helped British schoolchildren, and helped raise his four children, including his eldest son, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
Soon after the announcement of his death, people lined up outside Buckingham Palace to see the official notice that had been attached to the gate. It was removed soon afterward because of concerns that it would attract crowds, violating social distancing rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The government later issued a statement asking people not to gather or leave flowers outside royal residences around the country to protect public health.
“I’m quite emotional actually even just talking about it,” Louisa Crook, a 41-year-old London resident, said outside Buckingham Palace. “The news broke as we were walking through Parliament Square, and my daughter and I just said we just felt like we had to come down here and just be near the palace — safely, obviously, masks and everything else — and just be close to the Royal Family today.”
Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, the most senior cleric in the Anglican Church, gave thanks to God for Philip’s life of dedicated service.
“As we recover and rebuild after the terrible trial of the coronavirus pandemic, we will need fortitude and a deep sense of commitment to serving others,″ Welby wrote. “Throughout his life Prince Philip displayed those qualities in abundance, and I pray that we can take inspiration from his example.”
Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, was among the first to offer his condolences, noting Philip’s long record of public service.
“He will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen,” Starmer said in a statement.
“For more than seven decades, he has been at her side. Their marriage has been a symbol of strength, stability and hope, even as the world around them changed — most recently during the pandemic. It was a partnership that inspired millions in Britain and beyond.”
World leaders also expressed their sadness, including Australia’s Scott Morrison, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, India’s Narendra Modi and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, offered condolences to the monarch and the entire royal family.
“He represented the United Kingdom with dignity and brought boundless strength and support to the sovereign,″ Bush said in a statement. “Laura and I are fortunate to have enjoyed the charm and wit of his company, and we know how much he will be missed.”
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France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune tweeted, “Prince Philip was a grand figure of the century for the United Kingdom,” following his death at age 99.
“Thoughts and friendship toward the British people,” Beaune added.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has expressed his condolences on the death of Prince Philip, praising his role as royal consort as well as his charitable works.
Blair described Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, as a man who was way ahead of his time in fighting for the protection of the environment, reconciliation among religious faiths and in the creation of programs to help young people.
“Our whole nation will be united in sadness at the passing of Prince Philip,’’ Blair said in a statement. “He will naturally be most recognized as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. However, he should also be remembered and celebrated in his own right as a man of foresight, determination and courage.”
Below is an interactive timeline of Prince Philip’s life:

Prince Charles 'effectively' King when he travels while Prince Philip is a 'divine being'

Prince Charles 'effectively' King when he travels while Prince Philip is a 'divine being'
Prince Charles[1], along with other younger members of the Royal Family, travels extensively on behalf of the clan. Prince Philip, 99, and Queen Elizabeth, 94, no longer carry on state visits due to their age – so the baton passes to their children and grandchildren. Consequently, despite not being monarch yet, Prince Charles essentially assumes the crown when travelling to certain countries.
The is because the Queen is Sovereign of 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the UK.

She is also Head of the Commonwealth itself, a voluntary association of 54 independent countries.

Author Robert Jobson explained in his 2018 book Charles at Seventy – Thoughts, Hopes & Dreams.

He wrote: “The Queen’s age means [certain state] visits, such as the autumn 2017 Commonwealth tour starting in Singapore, opening the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the visit to Vanuatu, in April 2018, are now undertaken by Charles.

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“During these visits, unlike other members of the Royal Family, the prince, as heir apparent, is not only representing the Queen but, effectively, assumes her role.”

The visit to Vanuatu was highly successful and saw Charles crowned in a rather unique way.

“Charles…was given a most spectacular and uproarious welcome, befitting a king, much as his mother and father had been forty-four years earlier,” penned Jobson.

“Greeted by the locals in traditional dress and with painted faces, he smiled and waved as he walked across woven red ceremonial mats, a profoundly respected local tradition.”


Indeed, Charles very much got into the spirit of things and was loved for it.

The author went on: “At the final stop, Charles, as ever, gamely donned a grass skirt, to the delight of the travelling photographers.”

“Others may have been reduced to fits of the giggles at the absurdity of it all, but not Charles.

“After a sip or two of special kava, known as Royal Kava, a powerful concoction reserved for special occasions, he seemed genuinely touched and humbled by the welcome and its attention to detail as he stood with a huge palm leaf up his back and a grass skirt over his lightweight suit, and splendidly bedecked with a white salusalu (garland) made from indigenous natural rope fibres, leaves and flowers around his neck.

Prince Philp has a very important role in one location.

“The Duke of Edinburgh… is treated as a ‘divine being’ by a cult on one of Vanuatu’s tiny islands, Tanna,” explained Jobson.

The island of Tanna is a cargo cult of the Yaohnanen tribe that practices superstitious rituals in the hopes that it will bring more modern goods to society, therefore making it more technologically advanced.

The tribe believe that Philip may be the son of a mountain spirit who travelled overseas to a distant land.

Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart procedure

Prince Philip leaves hospital after heart procedure

The 99-year-old had been hospitalized since being admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Feb. 16, where he was treated for an infection.

LONDON, UK — Editor’s Note: The video above is from March 4, 2021.

Britain’s Prince Philip left a London hospital on Tuesday after being treated for an infection and undergoing a heart procedure.
Philip, 99, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had been hospitalized since being admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Feb. 16, where he was treated for an infection.
He was later transferred to a specialized cardiac care hospital, St. Bartholomew’s, for a short stay, before returning to King Edward VII’s.
Photographers standing outside the door of the private hospital captured his departure. Buckingham Palace has not yet commented on the matter.
Philip’s illness is not believed to be related to the coronavirus. Both Philip and Elizabeth received COVID-19 vaccinations in January and chose to publicize the matter to encourage others to also take the vaccine.
This is a developing story.
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Prince Philip undergoes procedure for heart condition

Prince Philip undergoes procedure for heart condition

It said he is expected to remain in the hospital for ‘treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days.’

LONDON, UK — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital and is expected to remain for several days of “rest and recuperation,” Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

The palace said the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II “underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.”
“His royal highness will remain in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a number of days,” the palace said in a statement.
Philip, 99, has been hospitalized since being admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Feb. 16, where he was treated for an infection. On Monday he was transferred to a specialized cardiac care hospital, St. Bartholomew’s.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said Wednesday that Philip’s condition was “slightly improving.”
“We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” said Camilla, who is married to Prince Charles, eldest son of Philip and the queen.
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Philip’s illness is not believed to be related to the coronavirus. Both Philip and the monarch received COVID-19 vaccinations in January and chose to publicize the matter to encourage others to also take the vaccine.
Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, retired in 2017 and rarely appears in public. Before his hospitalization, Philip had been isolating at Windsor Castle, west of London, with the queen.
Although he enjoyed good health well into old age, Philip has had heart issues in the past. In 2011, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains and was treated for a blocked coronary artery.
The longest-serving royal consort in British history, Philip married the then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. He and the queen have four children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
His illness comes as the royal family braces for the broadcast of an interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan and husband Prince Harry quit royal duties last year and moved to California, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media.
Relations between the couple and the palace appear to have become increasingly strained. On Wednesday, the palace said it was launching a human resources investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had accused Meghan of bullying staff in 2018.
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In a clip from the pre-recorded Winfrey interview, released by CBS, Winfrey asks Meghan how she feels about the palace “hearing you speak your truth today?”
“I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there was an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,” the duchess says.
“The Firm” is a nickname for the royal family, sometimes used with affection and sometimes with a note of criticism.
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Prince Philip left 'claustrophobic' on royal train despite luxury amenities

Prince Philip left 'claustrophobic' on royal train despite luxury amenities
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have spent their entire reign travelling the world representing the UK on royal duty, as well as enjoying leisure pursuits. Though the duo are used to the finest forms of transportation, it seems even the high of luxury isn’t enough to change the Duke of Edinburgh’s opinions on one form of transport.
According to author Robert Hardman, it seems Prince Philip is not so keen on the royal train.

The realisation came after the Duke had spent a rather long journey on a train in 1952.

Prior to the Queen’s ascension to the throne, the then-princess and Philip jetted off to Canada on a royal tour.

The problem for the Duke was the fact most of the travelling across the vast nation was down by train.

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While he may have felt in good spirits when stepping onboard, it seems his opinion on rail travel would soon change when he departed.

“If it was snug and well insulated against the increasingly bracing weather, the Duke found it faintly claustrophobic,” continued Hardman.

“‘I feel like a poached egg. I just can’t breathe on trains,’ he announced as he disembarked in Vancouver.”

Despite his aversion to trains, however, the prince has still taken part in a number of journeys.

In fact, each year he and the Queen travel up to their beloved Sandringham each year by train.

Unsurprisingly, the royal train is also kitted out to meet specific requirements in order to make the Prince feel as comfortable as possible.

This opulence even extends to the Duke’s specially designed bathroom.

In order to enjoy some of his home comforts, the Prince requested some special “design details” to be put in place within his bathroom.

This includes a specially placed mirror, for a rather unique multi-tasking experience.

“His royal highness Prince Philip has a shaving mirror mounting next to his toilet,” explained Chris Hillyard, a former royal train foreman.

“So you can sit on the toilet and look in the mirror and shave.

“That was one of the little design details that weren’t incorporated in the original built.”