Prince Philip, the 99 year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, tragically passed away on Friday morning at Windsor Castle. Now, new details about the days leading up to his death are coming to light.
Richard Kay, Editor-at-Large at the Daily Mail, wrote that Philip spent his final days sleeping much of the time. When he was awake, he soaked in the sun with a blanket on his lap and the Queen at his side. The Queen was also at his bedside when he died on Friday, and he had insisted prior to his death that he would die in his own bed.
“There were moments of great lucidity and joyful togetherness,” Kay wrote, adding that Philip could still walk using a cane. “Occasionally, he would allow himself to be pushed in a wheelchair, but staff were very wary of suggesting it.”
“When it first appeared in the private rooms he shouted: ‘Get that bloody thing out of my sight,’” a royal aide recalled.
Kay went on to say that Philip was not eating much in his final days, and he had discontinued the 7:30 a.m. tray of morning tea traditionally delivered to his bed by a valet or page. Philip also reportedly declined many of the other trays of food that would be brought up later in the day.
As recently as last week, however, Philip was having good days that saw him reading and writing letters. He would still dress in a shirt, pressed trousers and polished shoes, and ask for a chair to be brought outside. While sitting in the sun overlooking the grounds of the castle, Philip would nod off “with a rug over his legs,” Kay wrote.
In the end, Philip got his wish to die at home, rather than in a hospital. The palace announced his death to the world on Friday morning.
“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,” the palace said. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Rest in peace, Prince Philip.