Prince Phillip dies aged 99

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99.

A formal statement was issued by the palace just after midday on Friday.

Prince Phillip is the Queen’s husband.

The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving royal wife or husband in British history. He at the Queen’s side for more than her six decades of reign.

In tribute to the duke, Westminster Abbey began tolling its tenor bell once every 60 seconds at 18:00 BST. It rang out 99 times to honour each year of his life.

In New Zealand a special ceremony will be held in Wellington and there will be a 21 gun salute. All official flags will be flown at half mast.

The flag at Buckingham Palace was also lowered to half-mast.

The Royal Family has asked people to consider making a donation to a charity instead of leaving flowers in memory of the duke.

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