Prince Philip

LONDON: Prince Charles found out about his father’s death just before his 16th wedding anniversary with Camilla.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, on the other hand, will be mourning the death of Britain’s longest-reigning consort, who died this morning at the age of 99.

The two had just returned from a two-day trip to Greece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of Greece’s independence war against the Ottoman Empire.

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 04: Queen Elizabeth II sits with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as she delivers her speech during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 4, 2014 in London. (Photo by Ray Collins – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

At an official state dinner in the Mediterranean nation, Charles listed his father, who is of Greek descent.

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‘My wife and I could not be more delighted to be back in Greece, which has long held the most special place in my heart. ‘After all, Greece is the land of my grandfather; and of my father’s birth, nearly one hundred years ago, in the centenary year of Greek Independence.

‘Later, it was in Athens that my dear grandmother, Princess Alice, sheltered a Jewish family during the dark years of Nazi occupation – an act for which she is regarded as a ‘Righteous Among The Nations’ in Israel.’ Today, the Prince of Wales section of the Royal website was briefly disabled, redirecting to an announcement about Philip’s death.

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Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip

In February, Charles was photographed with teary eyes on his way to see his father at King Edward VII Hospital in central London, a 200-mile round trip from his home in Gloucestershire.

During his 28-night stay, Philip was treated for an infection, but he also had surgery for a pre-existing heart disease and was transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 12: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during “The Patron’s Lunch” celebrations for The Queen’s 90th birthday at The Mall on June 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

After returning to Windsor Castle, where he had been in a bubble during the coronavirus pandemic, he was reunited with the Queen on March 16.

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Funeral arrangements for Philip, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years, will be made in the coming days.