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The Illness of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Finally at 99 He Proves He Is Mortal

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The author is an air warrior, military historian and writer on warfare and military history

The Royal Couple

The Royal Couple

Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. The queen who ascended the throne in 1952 has completed 68 years of rule. All these years Prince Philip has been at the side of the queen. After he married Queen Elizabeth II, he was invested with the title of the Duke of Edinburgh.


The queen and the prince married in 1947 and have had a happy marriage. The Prince and the Queen have been married for 64 years. The couple have four children. The eldest is Prince Charles, who is also the Prince of Wales and heir apparent. The marriage has survived with hardly any major scandal, which is cause for appreciation. The Prince has maintained a low-key image as the husband of the queen. It was a difficult job but he handled it well.

Old infection

On 5 June 2013 Prince Philip attended the diamond jubilee celebration of the Queens rule. Being a determined man he braved the weather to stand next to the Queen on the Royal Barge witnessing the pageant in wet and cold conditions.

This had a deleterious effect on the Prince who perhaps had very little chance to go to the toilet. This probably aggravated the bladder infection. As per Dr. Chinegwundoh from Barts Health NHS Trust in London, Prince Philip’s infection had something to do with his prostate gland. Considering that he was given immediate medical attention, the chance that he will recover is pretty bright. The Prince turned 92 on 10 June 2013 and for men of his age, a prostate infection is quite routine. The Prince’s birthday was marked by gun salutes by the Royal Artillery.

The Medical Problem

In the case of Prince Philip, he has been having a recurrent prostrate infection since 2008. The Prince was taken to the hospital. The Queen visited him in the hospital and commented that the Prince was comfortable and in good spirits. The Duke had an exploratory operation of the abdomen and was expected to spend another week at the London clinic.

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Prince Philip was visited in hospital by all members of the Royal family. He was visited by his son Prince Charles and his grandsons Prince Williams and Harry. Camilla accompanied Prince Charles and spent over 35 minutes with the Duke of Edinburgh.


After the exploratory operation doctors had said that it would take some time to analyse the results. He was advised to spend at least two months in convalescence. The Prince missed important functions. In his absence, The Queen was accompanied by the Dukes cousin and aide de camp, the Duke of Kent. He stood in for Prince Philip at the trooping of colors, which marks the official birthday parade by the British armed forces. That appears a long time back and now 8 years later the Queen who is 95 has to make do with the death of the prince who has just passed away at the age of 99. The Queen is 95 and maybe it's about time Prince Charles shouldered greater responsibility.

The Prince is no more leaving behind happy memories and no scandal, which is itself a worthy feat.

Last Word

Prince Philip was the longest living male member of the British Royal family. The longest-lived male descendant of Queen Victoria was Count Carl Johan Bernadotte who lived until the age of 95. Prince Philip surpassed this milestone in 2016. The Prince is no longer there now and one can safely say that an era has come to an end. The Royal House of Windsor is thankfully fully entrenched and not many are asking for its abolition; this is to a great extent due to the attitude and conduct of the prince who was like a cog in the well-oiled machine of royalty in the UK


MG Singh (author) from UAE on April 27, 2021:

Thank you Tom for the information. Sad that Flipper the first black officer was court-martialed. As late as the early 20th century 13 black soldiers were hanged to death without proper defense.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on April 27, 2021:

Jennifer, thank you for commenting, yes I also admired the prince.

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