After the loss of her husband last month, another heartbreaking tragedy has befallen the Queen.
And thousands have been sending their condolences to Her Majesty during this difficult time
The news of Philip's death was announced in a statement by the royal family.
"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 read.
"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."
Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
And he was by the Queen's side throughout her 6 decades of reign.
But of course, it was no secret that Philip had been unwell for quite some time now...
Prince Philip's health had been slowly deteriorating for the past few years.
Over time, he was treated for a number of conditions including a bladder infection back in 2012 and surgery on his abdomen in June 2013.
Stepping down from royal engagements in May 2017, Philip even joked he could no longer stand up before having hip surgery a year later.
Around the Christmas period in 2019, we saw the duke spend 4 nights in hospital for observation and treatment in relation to a "pre-existing condition".
But his longest stay came earlier this year...
Philip was admitted to hospital in London on February, 16 after feeling unwell.
While admitted, he had a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.
He was discharged just a matter of weeks ago, after his longest stay in hospital.
Many thought his discharge was positive news but sadly this wasn't the case.
Prince Philip died on April 9, aged ninety-nine.
He was just months short of celebrating his hundredth birthday.
As the news broke of Philip's death, tributes from around the world came flooding in...
Spotted this remarkable structure amongst the flowers for #PrincePhilip at Windsor Castle: a carved watermelon 🍉 “… https://t.co/RN4IisJhEp— Chris Ship (@Chris Ship)1618207627.0
Rest in Peace HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. My deepest condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and to Th… https://t.co/CwImZ0THgH— Keith Richards (@Keith Richards)1617997297.0
May Prince Philip rest in peace. In my teens I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. I lo… https://t.co/UOy6i26g9d— Darren A (Flagshagger) (@Darren A (Flagshagger))1618139844.0
May H.R.H. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh rest with the angels. Farewell, sweet Prince and godspeed. I ache… https://t.co/bbmbejgcFe— Nancy Sinatra (@Nancy Sinatra)1618031932.0
@RE_DailyMail It’s true. A peaceful passing surrounded by family is all we can hope for in the end, for ourselves a… https://t.co/hXcZRXLRMZ— J Martin (@J Martin)1618151448.0
to the man that the Queen loved and cherished; may you rest well and in peace, Prince Philip. 🕊️ your family and t… https://t.co/DaY4d1n9qP— eli (@eli)1617983047.0
Among those were tributes from members of the royal family.
Philip's son, Prince Charles, was the first family member to speak about the loss.
Speaking from his Highgrove home, Prince Charles said:
"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that."
"As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously."
"He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow."
Following in his father's footsteps, Prince William penned a touching letter to his late grandfather.
Sharing it on Instagram alongside a picture of Prince Philip and great-grandson, Prince George, William wrote: "My grandfather's century of life was defined by service – to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family."
"I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life – both through good times and the hardest days. I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her."
"I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!"
"My grandfather was an extraordinary man and part of an extraordinary generation. Catherine and I will continue to do what he would have wanted and will support The Queen in the years ahead," he continued.
"I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job."
Prince Harry also followed suit, issuing a personal statement on the Archewell Foundation website.
In the statement, titled "In loving memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh," Harry wrote:
"My grandfather was a man of service, honor, and great humor. He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next."
"He will be remembered as the longest-reigning consort to the Monarch, a decorated serviceman, a Prince and a Duke. But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right 'til the end."
"He has been a rock for Her Majesty The Queen with unparalleled devotion, by her side for 73 years of marriage, and while I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us, beer in hand, 'Oh do get on with it!'"
"So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself. You will be sorely missed, but always remembered—by the nation and the world. Meghan, Archie, and I (as well as your future great-granddaughter) will always hold a special place for you in our hearts."
"'Per Mare, Per Terram'"
Following the Duke's passing the UK entered into an 8-day period of mourning.
During which Union flags flew at half-mast.
Any laws that need to be given the Royal Assent of affairs of state were put on hold.
And the Queen stepped away from Royal duties.
The Queen stayed strong throughout.
Queen Elizabeth returns to work days after the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip. https://t.co/HHtqkAv3sO— Deborah Roberts (@Deborah Roberts)1618354589.0
Just 4 days after her husband's passing, the Queen hosted a ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark the retirement of her household's most senior official.
With many praising her for the sense of duty and service.
The monarch was not expected to return to official engagements until the royal mourning period ended on April 22.
Prince Philip's funeral took place on April 17th.
It was a huge day for British media.
The royal family were able to visit and pay their respects.
The funeral was a televised event and carried out in line with current UK Covid-19 restrictions.
It took place at 3 pm at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle with just thirty guests allowed.
Ahead of that, the Duke's body was transported from the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle to the church in a specially-modified Land Rover that Philip helped design.
There was a military presence with personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, and RAF.
With senior members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince William walking behind the car on the way to the church.
Buckingham Palace said the plans "very much" reflected the Duke's wishes.
As Prince Philip is reported to have requested minimal fuss.
Members of the public were asked to stay away from the castle as the funeral took place.
Instead an online book of condolence was made available for those who wish to pay their respects.
The Queen was seen sitting alone at the funeral.
This is an incredibly moving image of the Queen alone today https://t.co/FSCJ4VGwO3— Victoria Murphy (@Victoria Murphy)1618669035.0
Leaving the British public feeling emotional.
The grief is palpable.
Horrific to see Her Majesty The Queen alone like this. https://t.co/NhRmlDf3AI— Darren Grimes (@Darren Grimes)1618669287.0
People from all over the world felt concerned for the Queen.
To see Her Majesty the Queen alone like this at her husband’s funeral is both moving & disconcerting. She should be… https://t.co/VLaExVcloL— JP Morrison (@JP Morrison)1618669966.0
During funerals it’s always family or friends that help get me through. A comforting hug or a little squeeze on the… https://t.co/eoM3il0rZa— Charlotte Westwood (@Charlotte Westwood)1618670168.0
The Queen, alone. @PAImages https://t.co/Le36p6bVD8— Thomas Daigle (@Thomas Daigle)1618670122.0
Now, just weeks after the passing of her husband ...
The Queen has been beset by another tragedy.
Everyone knows the Queen is a huge dog lover.
The Queen was given her first corgi, Susan, on her eighteenth birthday in 1944. It has been estimated that the Queen has owned more than thirty dogs during her reign, all of which were from the same family.
Her most famous dog is Monty, who appeared with her in a sketch for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics...
James Bond and 2 corgis (from the London Olympics opening) Does it get any better @misterknightly? http://t.co/INyEIGnB— Trish (@Trish)1343421067.0
The Queen had planned not to get any more dogs after Vulcan, her dorgi – a dachshund-corgi cross – passed away last year. She was left with just one dorgi called Candy.
A source said: "The Queen was left with only one dog at the end of last year. She had made the decision not to get any more because she didn't think it fair at her age."
The Queen and her corgis 😍 #TheQueenUnseen https://t.co/NTF1XiL3qH— Lili (@Lili)1617914814.0
"But it would be unthinkable for her not to have any. It's like the Tower of London not having any ravens. The new puppies are adorable."
She acquired 2 new four-legged friends when Phillip was hospitalized ...
And their names had truly special meanings...
Fergus was named after her uncle Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in action during the First World War.
The second dog, Muick, pronounced Mick, is a pure-bred corgi and named after Loch Muick, a favorite spot for the Royals during their summer holiday.
When the news of the new dogs came out, Royal biographer Penny Junor said: "Her corgis are hugely important to her."
"They have over the years been closer to her than any human being. The corgis are intensely loyal and loving and they have never let her down."
But now the Queen has been struck with another tragedy.
As news has just come in that her five-month-old puppy Fergus has sadly died.
Fergus had been purchased by Prince Andrew to help his mother cope with the grieving process.
But sources have confirmed Fergus passed away this weekend.
A source told The Sun: 'The Queen is absolutely devastated.
"The puppies were brought in to cheer her up during a very difficult period."
"Everyone concerned is upset as this comes so soon after she lost her husband."
It is currently not known how Fergus died.