The tragic news has just been confirmed that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away, and now Prince William and Kate Middleton's statement has the internet feeling emotional.

The Duke was ninety-nine years old.

And tributes have already started rolling in.

Now, the royal family is an important part of British culture.

The Brits are extremely proud that Queen Elizabeth is the longest-ruling monarch of the United Kingdom. Since her coronation on February 6th, 1952, she surpassed Queen Victoria's old record of sixty-three years on the throne in 2015.

Queen Elizabeth lived through the world war.

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During WWII, she and her sister, Princess Margaret, were evacuated to Windsor to keep them safely out of London. While there, Elizabeth made her first public appearance by way of radio broadcast. She famously said, "that in the end, all will be well; for God will care for us and give us victory and peace."

This was when then Princess Elizabeth first became known to the public.

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Here she is with her parents, sister, and the then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill. Her good relationship with the public made way for the acceptance of Prince Phillip.

But when her father died in February of 1952...

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Elizabeth, the King's first-born, automatically became the Queen of England. And this will be the case for Prince Charles with the current Queen unfortunately passes.

By June 2nd, 1953, Queen Elizabeth had officially taken on the reigns.

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She was crowned at Westminster Abbey at the meager age of twenty-seven. Charles was present at his mother's crowning; He was aged 4 at the time. Interestingly, Elizabeth's was the first coronation to be shown on television.

She wasn't ruling totally alone though, because Prince Philip was always by her side.

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Elizabeth married Phillip Mountbatten (a distant relative of hers) on November 20th, 1947, when she was just twenty-one. She'd met Philip aged thirteen and the 2 quickly became totally smitten.

However, Philip wasn't an expected fit for the Queen.

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But he quickly became a very important part of her life.

Queen Elizabeth was known for being more reserved and thoughtful, while Philip always had a reputation for being a bit bold and brash, resulting in a somewhat mixed reputation in high society.

But the pair continued to stand the test of time.

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Soon after their marriage, they were required to take the last name of Windsor, which admittedly caused some tensions.

There have also been numerous public scandals, including rumors of Philip's infidelity.

But, despite all of this, the pair wasted no time in starting a family.

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Their first child, Charles, was born in 1948, and is pictured of the left. Their second child, Anne, soon followed in 1950.

The Queen and Philip had a total of 4 children together...

And there's no denying how they have become one of the most admired and famous couples in the entire world.

But in more recent times...

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Prince Philip was battling some repeated health conditions.

The royal underwent many surgeries in order to regain his health over the years.

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Having previously dealt with complications such as a blocked coronary artery and a bladder infection just days before his ninety-second birthday, Prince Philip underwent exploratory abdominal surgery which he recovered from.

And in 2015, he retired from public engagements entirely after becoming the longest-standing royal consort in British history.

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But soon after, he fell victim to another health issue which involved a hip replacement surgery and since then, he had been on a tragically rocky path.

Well, things seemed to take a turn for the worst for the ninety-nine-year-old royal.

On the evening of February 16th, Prince Philip was rushed to hospital after feeling "unwell."

The Sun reported that the royal would be spending "a few days" there.

But it was also reported that he was in "good spirits" after being taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London.

The Duke made a brief recovery...

But since then, things were quick to get worse.

His health deteriorated rapidly...

And today, we have received the news we were all dreading.

It has just been confirmed that Prince Phillip has tragically passed away aged ninety-nine.

He will be greatly missed by all those who know and love the royal family.

And since the tragic news broke, people have been worrying about the Queen's condition.

Comments have been flooding in...

And now William and Kate have shared their statement on the loss.

"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. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."