Prince Philip dies age 99, world leaders pay tribute, plans underway for funeral

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. 

The Royal Family confirmed the news in a press statement on Friday night.

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," it said.

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

What you need to know:

  • Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully on Friday at Windsor Castle. It has been reported that the Queen was at his bedside
  • His funeral is expected to be held at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. There are reports he will be buried next Saturday
  • COVID-19 restrictions in the UK mean only 30 people can attend a funeral and Prince Philips' will be in line with such protocols. He had asked for minimal fuss to be made
  • World leaders have expressed sorrow and sadness at the news. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her thoughts to the Queen
  • Prince Harry will likely head back to the UK from the US to attend Prince Philip's funeral, according to sources. But questions remain whether his pregnant wife Meghan Markle will join
  • A National Remembrance Service for Prince Philip will be held in Wellington following the funeral. A 41-gun salute will take place in the capital on Sunday at 12pm.

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6pm - It's time for Newshub Live at 6pm. Our team of reporters have the latest on the death of Prince Philip from around the world.

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5:35pm - Here are some photos from outside Buckingham Palace:

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09: A member of the public lays a Union Jack flag infront of the gates of Buckingham palace on April 9, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Floral tributes are seen outside of Buckingham Palace on April 09, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09:  Flower tributes lay outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on April 9, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09:  Members of the public queue up to view and take pictures of the official Royal announcement of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the gates of Buckingham Palace on April 9, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 09:  Flower tributes lay outside the gates of Buckingham Palace on April 9, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.  (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images)
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5:15pm - In a column for the Daily Mail, controversial broadcaster Piers Morgan has described Prince Philip as an "extraordinarily selfless man".

"He was tough, uncompromising, fiercely loyal, incredibly hard-working, unapologetically belligerent, and suffered fools as benevolently as a lion suffers a weak-willed gazelle in the African bush," Morgan wrote.

"The news of the Duke of Edinburgh's death hit me hard."

Read the column here.

4:45pm - The New Zealand Army will fire a 41-gun salute at 12pm on Sunday April 11, in honour of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"The salute, which will take 40 minutes to complete, will be fired from the saluting battery at Point Jerningham in Wellington.

"The Minister of Defence, Hon Peeni Henare, Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short and Service Chiefs will be present for the salute.

 "Depending on weather conditions, the sound from the gun salute may travel widely around the Wellington region.

"The battery comprises four modified 25-pounder guns and is manned by soldiers of the 16th Field Regiment Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery.

"The battery is situated in a natural amphitheatre and members of the public are welcome to witness the salute."

4:40pm - Prince Philip was born Prince Philip of Greece on June 10, 1921 and entered the British Royal Family when he married then Princess Elizabeth in 1947. 

Here's his life in photos.

4:25pm - Buckingham Palace continues to ask people to send their warm wishes online rather than leaving tributes at Prince Philip's royal residences. The United Kingdom remains in lockdown and there have been concerns about the large congregations forming.

The palace has launched a condolence page on its website and asked people to give a donation to a charity rather than purchasing flowers.

4:05pm - The Dalai Lama has just commented on the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

"Following the death of H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh I pray for him and offer my condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, to Prince Charles and the royal family at this sad time."

3:45pm - The two actors who portrayed Prince Philip in the Netflix series The Crown have paid their respects.

Matt Smith, who played him in the first two seasons, said he was "the man".

"I'd like to offer my condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it. 99 and out, but what an innings. And what style. Thank you for your service old chap - it won't be the same without you."

Tobias Menzies, who was Prince Philip in the third and fourth seasons said: "If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I'm fairly sure he wouldn't want an actor who portrayed him on TV giving their opinion on his life, so I'll leave it to Shakespeare. 'O good old man! how well in thee appears. The constant service of the antique world...' RIP."

3:20pm - Police Commissioner Andrew Coster has sent his thoughts to the Queen.

3:10pm - Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short has just released this comment:

"Today I join our personnel of the New Zealand Defence Force in mourning the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"We share in the sadness that the passing of His Royal Highness will bring to Her Majesty the Queen, the members of the Royal Family and the people of Her Majesty’s Realms and territories.

"Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dedicated his life to service - to his country, his family, and the Commonwealth - and his many achievements are a testament to his commitment.

"Within the New Zealand Defence Force the Duke held the ranks of Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army, and Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

"On behalf of the New Zealand Defence Force, I extend my sympathy to all those who are mourning, in particular Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family."

3pm - New Zealand Republic released this statement earlier: 

"Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic, expressed his sincere condolences on behalf of the campaign to the Queen and the Royal family with the passing of Prince Philip, consort to the British monarch.

"The passing of a family member is always a sad moment and New Zealanders, regardless of their views on Aotearoa’s constitutional arrangements, will send aroha.

"New Zealand Republic won’t be making further public comment this weekend."

2:50pm - The BBC has set up a complaints page for people angry about the broadcaster giving "too much coverage" to the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

"We're receiving complaints about too much TV coverage of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," it says.

2:30pm - The Daily Mail reports that the Queen is thought to have been with Prince Philip when he died. The specifics of the event haven't been released by Buckingham Palace but sources have told the British tabloid that the Queen was at Prince Philip's bedside when he died. He was said to be "gravely ill".

"Any talk of whisking the elderly duke to hospital was reportedly quickly dismissed by the Queen," the Mail says. The Telegraph says that the Prince wanted to pass away at Windsor Castle rather than at hospital. The outlet also says the Queen was with her husband when he passed.

It is also reported that news of the Duke's death was relayed to Royal Family members first, before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and relevant government agencies were told. The message was simple: "Forth Bridge is down", a reference to the codeword for Prince Philip's death.

The Duke's children all quickly travelled to their mother's side. The death happened on Prince Charles and Camilla's 16th wedding anniversary. It's unclear if Camilla has yet visited the Queen.

2:20pm - In case you missed it, former US President Donald Trump earlier sent his condolences to the Queen after Prince Philip's passing. Trump, who has frequently spoken about his admiration for the British monarch, says he embodied the "noble soul and proud spirit" of the UK and Commonwealth.

"Melania and I send our deepest and most profound condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to the entire Royal Family. We send our most heartfelt sympathies to the British people. This is an irreplaceable loss for Great Britain, and for all who hold dear our civilisation."

He said Prince Philip "defined British dignity and grace" and "personified the quiet reserve, stern fortitude and unbending integrity of the United Kingdom". 

2:10pm - Each of Prince Philip's four children have paid tribute to their father in pre-recorded interviews. Among them is Prince Andrew, who has been out of the spotlight recently following his horror BBC interview on his connections to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

"Like any other family at the time, your parents went out to work in the day. But in the evening, just the same as any other family, we would get together, we would sit on the sofa as a group and he would read to us," he said.

2pm - World leaders from around the globe have expressed their sadness. Here's a handful of reactions:

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

"The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is the end of an era. Prince Philip was one of the greatest and publicly recognisable international figures whose contributions to the Commonwealth will be remembered for generations to come."

ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT EMMERSON MNANGAGWA

"May his soul rest in eternal peace."

SULTAN HAITHAM OF OMAN

"His Majesty the Sultan sends a message of condolence and sympathy to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ... on the death of her husband"

KING HAMAD BIN ISA AL KHALIFA OF BAHRAIN

"HM King Hamad lauded the efforts of the late HRH Prince Philip to serve the United Kingdom and its friendly people."

BELGIAN ROYAL PALACE

"We wish to express our deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the British Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom. Philippe and Mathilde."

UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES

"He was known for his dedication to charitable causes as a patron of some 800 organizations, in particular those focused on the environment, industry, sport and education."

PHILIP'S FORMER PRESS SECRETARY JAMES ROSCOE

"From military to youth clubs to DoE award recipients, his interest in people & their stories was real, his motivation always encouraging service in other by example. No nonsense, genuine wit: peace maybe, but he won't rest."

JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER ANDREW HOLNESS

"Prince Phillip was indeed a friend to Jamaica who supported local efforts aimed at development, especially in education and had great admiration for our sporting prowess. Prince Phillip will be remembered for his keen interest in scientific and technological research and his commitment to the protection of the environment. His was a life of service, dedication and loyalty. May his soul rest in peace."

1:50pm - Two high-profile US officials have commented on the tragic news.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says: "Today, we honor the memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – a dedicated public servant and friend of the United States. On behalf of the American people, I extend my deepest condolences to our friends in the UK."

John Kerry, the US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate, says: "My sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the @RoyalFamily on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a longtime champion for environmental protection."

1:45pm - Royal experts are hoping Prince Philip's death will be the catalyst for mending the Royal Family's fraught relationships.

MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton and Omid Scobie, the Royal Editor at Harper's Bazaar, spoke to Newshub about what is next for the family. 

Read more here.

1:15pm - Flags are flying at half-mast at Wellington's Government House and the Beehive in honour of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Members of the public are welcome to leave flowers and cards in memory of the Duke. In Wellington, these can be left at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

The Governor General is asking people not to wrap flowers in plastic, or leave non-floral items such as candles or soft toys.

Communities in other areas may also arrange for places to leave flowers. Please check with your local council for more information.

1:00pm - The Duke of Edinburgh's title will likely be passed onto his youngest son, Prince Edward, but not until the Queen dies.

Prince Edward is Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's youngest son and only has the title Earl of Wessex.

According to a royal source, Harry was extremely close to his grandfather.
According to a royal source, Harry was extremely close to his grandfather. Photo credit: Getty

12:00pm - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marked the passing of Prince Philip with a message on their website.

"In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021. Thank you for your service. You will be greatly missed," the pair wrote on Archwell.

According to a royal source, Harry was extremely close to his grandfather.

"He will, of course be there, no matter how difficult relations are between the Sussexes and the family," the source told the New York Post.

Read the full article here.

11:45am - Prince Phillips' cousin Lady Pamela Hicks' described the Duke as a 'unique' man.

"I called her (my mother) first thing this morning and said, 'How are you feeling?' and she said, 'Emotional'," Lady Pamela Hicks' daughter, India told BBC.

"And I said, 'What would be your defining words about your cousin Prince Philip?'"

"She said, 'He was a unique man, there will never be another man like him again.'"

11:00am - Jacinda Ardern has expressed her condolences towards Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

In a press conference on Saturday morning, the PM acknowledged the Duke of Edinburgh's continual support towards the Queen in her service to New Zealand, the Commonwealth and the world.

Queen Elizabeth is currently considering funeral arrangements based on the UK's current COVID-19 status.

A memorial will be held in New Zealand after a formal funeral is held in the UK - the date is yet to be confirmed.

"On behalf of the New Zealand people, we share our condolences with the Royal Family," Ardern said.

Flags will be flown to half-mast in recognition and acknowledgement of the passing Duke.

"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time."
"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time." Photo credit: Getty

10:45am - The Cook Islands government has offered their condolences to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom.

"A remarkable man who led an extraordinary life of service and duty that lasted almost a century. A life dedicated to public service to his country, The Crown and beyond until his retirement four years ago at 95 years of age at which time he was the president or patron of more than 780 different organisations.

"A life dedicated to supporting his wife, The Queen through their marriage of over 73 years. A life that has seen so much change. A life through which he chose to be at the forefront of many initiatives, including those to do with the environment for which he had a lifelong passion. His commitment to youth was firmly entrenched when he established the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme in 1956. Those of us who have attended secondary schools in New Zealand may well remember this programme, that aims to give students a lift and sense of achievement based on physical activity, skills, and development opportunities. A life which has left a wonderful legacy.

"Whilst the Queen and Prince Philip visited Rarotonga in January 1974, when the Queen officially opened our International Airport, that was not Prince Philip's first visit here. His first visit was in early 1971 when accompanied by his Uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten and other family members they arrived aboard Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. The official Cook Islands Government photographer at the time, Bill Johnson was able to capture the essence of that visit so well."

"Our thoughts are with the Queen and her family, who on the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary said it best when she said of her husband and the longest-serving consort in British history "we owe him a debt greater than he will ever claim or we will ever know."

"As a sign of respect and to mark the death of His Royal Highness, I have asked for the Cook Islands flag on all Government and public buildings to be flown at half-mast."

"Our thoughts are with the Queen and her family," Cook Islands PM Mark Brown said.
"Our thoughts are with the Queen and her family," Cook Islands PM Mark Brown said. Photo credit: Newshub

10:30am - Labour MP Willie Jackson has reinforced New Zealand's strong relationship with the Royal Family.

"You've already heard our Prime Minister give her condolences and there's a really good relationship there," he told Newshub Nation.

"So while our aroha obviously goes out to the whānau  at this stage, the relationship is a strong relationship."

10:25am - Prince Harry is reportedly expected to return to the UK for the first time since stepping down as a senior royal to attend the funeral of his grandfather, according to sources who spoke to the New York Post.

The Duke of Sussex is rumoured to be returning home to attend the unveiling of a statue dedicated to his late mother Princess Diana. But Philip's passing may have sped up his plans.

"Harry was extremely close to his grandfather," the royal source told the New York Post.

"He will, of course be there, no matter how difficult relations are between the Sussexes and the family."

Questions remain over whether his pregnant wife Meghan Markle will be able to join him. They are expecting their second child early this summer.

Prince Harry was extremely close with his grandfather, according to a Royal Source.
Prince Harry was extremely close with his grandfather, according to a Royal Source. Photo credit: Getty

10:10am - Charles, the Prince of Wales, visited his mother Queen Elizabeth II, travelling from his Gloucestershite home to Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon, a royal source told CNN.

Prince Charles had been in constant contact with his father since his hospitalisation in February.

10:00am - Kenya's High Commissioner to the UK Amb Manoah Esipisu has paid tribute to Prince Philip.

"The Kenya Mission UK joins the people of the United Kingdom in mourning of the passing of Prince Philip, who dedicated a lifetime of service to his country and The Commonwealth," he wrote in a statement on Twitter.

"We wish to extend our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family."

9:55am - The British Army has lowered their flags to half-mast at the Edinburgh Castle to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered all government buildings and naval ships to follow suit.

9:45am - Karen Ross, National Director of the Duke of Edinburgh's Hilary Award has acknowledged the death of Prince Philip.

"The Award in Aotearoa is deeply saddened by the passing of Prince Philip. We remember his vision in creating the world's leading youth achievement award and the immense contribution he made," Ross said.

"Founded by Prince Philip in 1956, the award was established in Aotearoa in 1963. It was the highlight of many gold award holders here to receive their award from Prince Philip himself while on royal visits to New Zealand."

Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on 10 New Zealand tours and made several trips on his own.
Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on 10 New Zealand tours and made several trips on his own. Photo credit: Getty

9:30am - The Duke of Edinburgh made more than a dozen trips to New Zealand.

He accompanied the Queen on 10 New Zealand tours over nearly 50 years, and made several trips on his own.

Watch the video for Mike McRoberts' full report here.

9:20am - National leader Judith Collins has offered her condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family following the death of Prince Philip.

"His dedication to the people of the Commonwealth through many decades of service and charitable endeavors was truly impressive," she said in a press statement.

"His legacy will live on for many more decades to come."

9:15am - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will hold a press conference on the death of Prince Philip at 11am on Saturday.

9:00am - Europe Correspondent Lloyd Burr, who is at Windsor Castle said there has been a huge public outpouring of grief in the UK.

Thousands of people have been laying flowers outside Buckingham Palace and other royal sites. Police have been asking them to move on and not linger. Flags at Buckingham Palace and at government buildings across Britain were lowered to half-mast.

Prince Philip was famously hardworking, retiring only when he reached the age of 96. 

Burr reflected on how Prince Philip enjoyed his final years. Read the full article here.

Thousands have laid flowers outside Buckingham Palace - despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Thousands have laid flowers outside Buckingham Palace - despite COVID-19 restrictions. Photo credit: Getty

8:55am - Royal Historian Jock Phillips said the Prince had to play quite a difficult role which was to be a supportive man of a woman who had a very public life.

"And he did that - I think - with great discretion and great intelligence."

Philips said the connection between New Zealand and the Royal Family is "infinitely weaker" than it was during the famous royal tour in 1953.

"Royal tours don't create the noise that they once did, and on a day to day life. Royalty doesn't make much impact on New Zealanders apart from a glorious soap opera so I think that New Zealanders will be interested in this as part of an ongoing family drama but I don't think it will make a huge difference to the way we regard royalty."

Royal historian Jock Phillips said the Prince had to play quite a difficult role.
Royal historian Jock Phillips said the Prince had to play quite a difficult role. Photo credit: Newshub

8:45am -  The RSA has paid tribute to the late Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and his long association with the organisation, following his death.

"We were deeply saddened to hear of Prince Philips death after his recent ill health. He was a tower of strength for our Sovereign and so much of the Commonwealth. On a more personal level he had an enduring relationship with the RSA for over 50 years" said RSA President, BJ Clark.

"As a Naval Officer and a veteran of the Second World War, Phillip enjoyed a unique relationship with the RSA and he took a very real interest in veteran welfare and other veteran issues, not just in New Zealand but throughout the Commonwealth.

"On his first visit to New Zealand in 1953, Prince Philip was presented with the RSA Badge in Gold, the organisations highest honour, by our then President, Sir Howard Kippenberger.

"His Royal Highness was always at ease with serving military people or veterans and always welcomed the opportunity for an exchange of views, no matter how brief.

"Prince Philip also held the appointments of Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army and Air Chief Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. In these roles he enjoyed a special relationship with the New Zealand military and that carried over to the RSA as the nation's principal veteran agency.

"The RSA was granted the title "Royal" which served to reinforce the significant relationship between the RSA and the Sovereign and as a tangible sign of the regard in which we are held and we will miss the knowledgeable and genuine interest he took in our activities" said BJ Clark.

MailOnline columnist and GB News presenter Dan Wooten.
MailOnline columnist and GB News presenter Dan Wooten. Photo credit: Newshub

8:40am - MailOnline columnist and GB News presenter Dan Wooten, who broke the Megxit story, reiterated the part Prince Philip played in modernising the monarchy. 

He said Philip loved to be unleashed and speak his mind and that was part of his appeal - that's why so many people were breaking the COVID-19 rules and paying public tribute to the Duke.

Wooten said the younger members of the Royal Family loved him and he was a popular grandfather. Philip had a strong bond with his grandchildren, probably stronger than with his own children.

Wooten told Newshub the Queen has lost her rock, the man who was always by her side. He hoped the death of Prince Philip would heal the rift between Harry and the rest of the family.

8:20am - Newshub political reporter Jenna Lynch said the flag on the top of Government House is at half-mast and the Prime Minister has ordered all government buildings and naval ships to follow suit.

"New Zealand will be very much lead by the palace on any sort of commemorations," she said.

A National Remembrance Service will be held in Wellington following the funeral. The government is waiting for more details of the funeral before it makes any arrangements. 

8:15am - Omid Scobie, the Royal Editor for Harpers Bizarre, said Prince Philip tried to modernise the brand of the Royal Family. 

He told Newshub the Prince took his duty very seriously but liked to have a laugh while doing it.

Scobie said the Royal Family is a family who come together in times of need. Prince Charles has been to Windsor Castle already to visit his mother. The pandemic though, has prevented other members from coming together.

The question on everyone's lips is whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will both attend the funeral. He said Harry has already said he would do everything he can to get back if his grandfather died. It is likely he will have to isolate when he arrives. 

Both William and Harry have spoken to the Queen via video calls.

8:06am - Newshub's Europe correspondent Lloyd Burr, who is at Windsor Castle, said people have been dropping off flowers as a tribute to Prince Philip. He said wherever you look there are tributes to him and it is clear the country is mourning.

Police and Buckingham Palace officials have been telling people to not gather in public as it breaches COVID-19 restrictions.

Burr says all of Philip's funeral plans have had to be thrown out the window and "they're going to have to start from scratch".

"Because the last thing the Royal Family will want to be seen as is hypocritical when there have been a lot of families right across the UK who haven't been able to see their loved ones, so they're going to have to get the balance right, keep this very delicately."

Princess Anne said life would be completely different without her father.
Princess Anne said life would be completely different without her father. Photo credit: Getty

8:00am - The Duke of Edinburgh's daughter Princess Anne has said life would be "completely different" without her father following his death, aged 99.

"Without him life will be completely different," she told ITV news.

"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."

7:40am - Former US President Barack Obama has described meeting Prince Philip, being treated with "grace and generosity" in a moving statement.

"When we first met His Royal Highness prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, he and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had already been on the world stage for more than half a century," he wrote on Facebook.

"As two Americans unaccustomed to palaces and pomp, we didn't know what to expect.

"We shouldn't have worried. The Queen and Prince Philip immediately put us at ease with their grace and generosity, turning a ceremonial occasion into something far more natural, even comfortable. Prince Philip in particular was kind and warm, with a sharp wit and unfailing good humour. 

"It was our first introduction to the man behind the title, and in the years since, our admiration for him has only grown. We will miss him dearly."

7:30am - The Premier League has paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and say they're "deeply saddened" to hear of the passing.

As a mark of respect, players are to wear black armbands and take two minutes of silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend.

7:20am - US Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff has sent their condolences to The Royal Family, the people of United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth.

"His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, led a long, remarkable life - the hallmarks of which were loyalty and service," Harris said in a statement.

"From his decorated service in the Royal Navy during World War II to his long marriage and partnership with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, he dedicated himself fully to his family, his country, and the Commonwealth.

"Whether he was promoting environmentalism or the wellbeing of millitary families, he brought a profound sense of purpose to all he did."

7:10am - The Duke of Edinburgh's public image was "always an unfair depiction," his youngest son, Prince Edward said.

Prince Edward told ITV News his father had a "wonderful sense of humour," but people can often misinterpret something and "turn it against" him.

"The public image that certain parts of the media would portray was always un unfair depiction," Prince Edward said.

"He had a wonderful sense of humour but of course, you can always misinterpret something or turn it against them, so it sounds like it's not right. But anyone who had the privilege to hear him speak said it was humour which always came through and the twinkle in his eye."

6:50am - Prince Philip was proud of his military heritage, having served in the Navy. The British Armey paid tribute to him saying saying he will be remembered with respect and admiration. 

6:40am - Prince Philip was the longest serving consort in British history. He was married to the Queen for over 73 years. He was often outspoken and his comments, on occasion, sparked controversy. You can read more about his life here.

6:30am - Tributes are coming in from leaders all over the world. US President Joe Biden said Prince Philip's legacy will live on through his charitable endeavors. 

6:20am - Former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, who played the Duke in the first two seasons of The Crown has paid tribute via a statement. 

"I’d like to offer my condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

"Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it. 99 and out, but what an innings. And what style. Thank you for your service old chap - it won’t be the same without you.”

6:10am - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Prince Philip saying he was a naval hero and a loyal consort to the Queen. 

6:00am - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's website Archwell has paid tribute to Prince Philip. Harry may have to quarantine if he travels from his home in California to the UK for his grandfather's funeral. Meghan is pregnant and may not travel. It will be Harry's first visit back to the UK since his controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey.    

5:30am -  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed New Zealand's deep sorrow following the death of Prince Philip on Friday (NZ time).

"Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Her Majesty and to all the Royal Family," Ardern says in a statement.

"Prince Philip will be fondly remembered for the encouragement he gave to so many young New Zealanders through The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award."

5:20am -  The Royal Family announced Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh had passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. 

The Duke had been suffering from ill health for a number of months and had recently undergone heart surgery.