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Prince Philip’s official cause of death aged 99 was ‘recorded as old age’

The Duke of Edinburgh’s official cause of death has reportedly been recorded as old age at 99.

Prince Philip died on April 9, just weeks after he reunited with the Queen following a month-long stay in hospital.

Dad-of-four Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history, dedicating decades of his life to royal duty, serving the nation at the monarch’s side.

Despite enduring his longest stay in hospital just weeks before his death, The Telegraph reports his passing was due to old age.

The Royal Navy hero had a glittering career in the military, and was one of the last surviving UK veterans to have served in the Second World War, when he witnessed the historic surrender of Japanese forces in 1945.

The Duke had spent the last year isolating with his beloved wife at Windsor Castle
The Duke had spent the last year isolating with his beloved wife at Windsor Castle

His greatest legacy is likely to be the pioneering Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for youth, which he founded in 1956 and has since been expanded to almost 150 countries.

Active with many charities, he was a patron, president or member of more than 700 organisations during his lifetime.

The Duke had spent the last year isolating with his beloved wife at Windsor Castle along with a scaled back team of royal staff.

The Queen has already returned to work, fulfilling engagements via video call. She turned 95 just days after Philip’s funeral.

There have been reports that the Queen may not ever return to full duty as she scales back her commitments and hands over more responsibility to heir Charles.

The Queen and Prince Philip were married for more than 70 years
The Queen and Prince Philip were married for more than 70 years

The Queen and Duke pictured at a garden party in Paris
The Queen and Duke pictured at a garden party in Paris

It is claimed Her Majesty may return to Buckingham Palace for only two days a week in order to attend meetings.

Royal commentators claim the Queen will no longer fully commit to a rammed schedule of receptions and garden parties – of which she has attended hundreds across the decades.

Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt told the New York Times: “Fundamentally, the queen will fade away gracefully.

Dad-of-four Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history
Dad-of-four Philip was the longest-serving consort in British history

“Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible 95-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long.”

Following Prince Philip ’s death, Prince Charles is to be designated the Queen’s official “consort” and will join his mother for the ceremony on May 11.

Before The Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 earlier this month, Charles visited him in hospital and the pair talked about the future.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge anniversary pictures

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In a bedside heart-to-heart, Prince Philip is said to have given Charles advice on how to look after the Queen and lead the royal family.

The Mirror has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.



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