Ruler Philip, Husband of Sovereign Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99

 The Duke of Edinburgh, who wedded the future sovereign in 1947, carried the government into the twentieth century, however his infrequent unseemly remarks hurt his picture. 

Ruler Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, spouse of Sovereign Elizabeth II, father of Sovereign Charles and patriarch of a fierce illustrious family that he tried to guarantee would not be England's keep going, kicked the bucket on Friday at Windsor Palace in Britain. He was 99. 

His demise was reported by Buckingham Castle, which said he died calmly. 

Philip had been hospitalized a few times as of late for different illnesses, most as of late in February, the castle said. 

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He kicked the bucket similarly as Buckingham Castle was again in strife, this time over Oprah Winfrey's dangerous broadcast talk with a month ago with Philip's grandson Ruler Harry constantly's better half, Meghan. The couple, in deliberate outcast in California, held up allegations of prejudice and cold-bloodedness against individuals from the imperial family. 

As "the main honorable man in the land," Philip attempted to shepherd into the twentieth century a government encrusted with the features of the nineteenth. In any case, as pomp was upstaged by embarrassment, as grand weddings were trailed by shocking separations, his main goal, from his perspective, changed. Presently it was to help safeguard the actual crown.

And yet preservation — of Britain, of the throne, of centuries of tradition — had always been the mission. When this tall, handsome prince married the young crown princess, Elizabeth,  on Nov. 20, 1947 — he at 26, she at 21 — a battered Britain was still recovering from World War II, the sun had all but set on its empire, and the abdication of Edward VIII over his love for Wallis Simpson, a divorced American, was still reverberating a decade later.

The wedding held out the promise that the monarchy, like the nation, would survive, and it offered that reassurance in almost fairy-tale fashion, complete with magnificent horse-drawn coaches resplendent in gold and a throng of adoring subjects lining the route between Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

More, it was a heartfelt match. Elizabeth told her father, King George VI, that Philip was the only man she could ever love.

Philip occupied a peculiar place on the world stage as the husband of a queen whose powers were largely ceremonial. He was essentially a second-fiddle figurehead, accompanying her on royal visits and sometimes standing in for her.

And yet he embraced his royal role as a job to be done. “We have got to make this monarchy thing work,” he was reported to have said.

He kept at it until May 2017, when, at age 95, he announced his retirement from public life; his final solo appearance came three months later.

But he did not entirely fade from public view. He surfaced in May 2018, when he joined the sun-splashed pomp of the wedding of Harry and Meghan, waving to crowds lining the streets from the back seat of a limousine, the queen beside him, and striding up the steps of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a crisp morning suit.

By then he had re-emerged as a kind of pop-culture figure, introduced to a whole new generation through the hit Netflix series “The Crown,” a costume drama that has traced the events of postwar Britain through the prism of his buffeted royal marriage. (Matt Smith played the prince as a young man, and Tobias Menzies in middle age.)

Public and Private Faces

Philip’s public image often came dressed in full military regalia, an emblem of his high-ranking titles in the armed forces and a reminder of both his combat experience in World War II and his martial lineage: He was a nephew of the war leader Lord Mountbatten.

Many saw Philip as a mostly remote if occasionally loose-lipped personage in public, given to riling constituents with off-the-cuff remarks that were called oblivious, insensitive or worse. To a Black British politician he was quoted as saying, “And what exotic part of the world do you come from?”

As the years went by, word seeped out that Philip, in private, could be irascible and demanding, cold and domineering — and that as parents, he and an emotionally reserved queen brought little warmth into the household.

Even more, as many Britons came to see the royal family as increasingly dysfunctional, they found Philip to be a not-insignificant actor in a state of affairs that had many questioning the very thing that he and Elizabeth had been elevated to ensure: the monarchy’s stability.

Philip had apparently not expected the type of public scrutiny that came with the times, when the washing of dirty linen, even the queen’s, had become a staple of the tabloid press, which he grew to despise. No headlines were more boisterous than those during the tumultuous marriage and divorce of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. But Philip himself felt the spotlight’s unwelcome glare when the royal family was castigated for a seemingly grudging response to Britain’s outpouring of grief over Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.