Prince Philip's Death 'Particularly Sad' for Queen Elizabeth II, Former Aide Says

Prince Philip's death is a "particularly sad day for the queen" after 73 years of marriage, her former press secretary tells Newsweek.

The Duke of Edinburgh "passed away peacefully" just two months before his 100th birthday, sending Britain into mourning.

The prince was at Windsor Castle when he died this morning and Queen Elizabeth II was also in residence.

Dickie Arbiter, Elizabeth's former press secretary, told Newsweek: "It's very sad news. Has it come as a shock? I think the fact that Prince Philip was in hospital for a month and then came out, I think we were all hoping he would make a full speedy recovery.

"That hasn't happened and its a very sad day. It's a particularly sad day for the queen. They've been married for 73 years and it will be a tremendous loss."

Queen Elizabeth II and Husband Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Royal Windsor Cup 2018 polo match at Guards Polo Club on June 24, 2018 in Egham, England. He is in hospital after falling ill. Antony Jones/Getty

The tragic news was announced by Buckingham Palace on behalf of the queen at midday U.K. time.

A statement read: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

"Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Princess Anne today paid tribute to her father, telling ITV: "Without him life will be completely different.

"But from society's perspective he was able to keep pace with the kind of technological changes that have such an impact... but above all that it's not about the technology it's about the people."

Prince Edward added: "My parents have been such a fantastic support to each other during all those years and all those events and all those tours and events overseas.

"To have someone that you confide in and smile about things that you perhaps could not in public. To be able to share that is immensely important."

The College of Arms today said Prince Charles would inherit his father's titles, including Duke of Edinburgh.

A statement said: "The Duke of Edinburgh was granted the style and title of Royal Highness on 19 November 1947; on the next day, 20 November, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London.

"These peerages are hereditary and on the death of His Royal Highness have passed to his eldest son, HRH The Prince of Wales. In the event of the Prince of Wales or any subsequent holder of these titles succeeding to the Crown, these titles and all others held will merge with the Crown."