Buckingham Palace has announced that Queen Elizabeth’s husband 99 year old Prince Philip has died.
A statement from the Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh.”
The statement continued: “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Downing Street has lowered its flag to half-mast as a mark of respect.
No official details have been released bout the Duke’s funeral yet, but it is understood he will be given a royal ceremonial funeral rather than a state funeral, in line with his wishes.
The Queen is expected to sign off the final plans in the coming days.
The Prince had often warned that the world had “far too many people” and said he wanted to help reduce the number.
Throughout his life he had made remarks stating his desire to be reincarnated as a “deadly virus” so that he could wreak havoc in the world and reduce global population levels.
The Duke of Edinburgh, who had been the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms for 70 years, had also warned, “If it isn’t controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily…”
“If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels,” Prince Philip told a Deutsche Press Agentur reporter in 1998.
The Duke of Edinburg also wrote about his desire to kill millions of people in a book titled If I Were an Animal published in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.
“I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist… I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.” ― Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (in his preface to If I Were an Animal published by Robin Clark Ltd in 1986.)