Remembering when Prince Philip came to Milton Keynes as tributes flood in following his death aged 99

Buckingham Palace confirmed the death of the Duke of Edinburgh today (April 9).

Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:46 pm
Updated Friday, 9th April 2021, 1:48 pm

The Prince served in World War II in the Royal Navy, he was one of the youngest first lieutenants aged just 21 at the time.

He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.

Buckingham Palace said: "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."

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Milton Keynes in 1979 from the Living Archive

Previously, his Royal Highness' had spent March in hospital receiving treatment for a pre-existing heart condition.

Following the news of His Royal Highness' passing Councillor Alex Walker Leader of the Conservative Group in Milton Keynes confirmed his party would be suspending campaigning. He said:"It is with great sadness to hear that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away.

"His duty, commitment and decades of service to our country will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. We have also suspended all campaigning for the time being."

Prince Philip witnessed crucial moments of Milton Keynes' short history firsthand. He was present with the Queen at the opening of Stadium MK in 2007, a date which also marked the 40th birthday of the city. They also opened The Hub, a popular dining spot at the heart of Milton Keynes that same day.

Philip was also by Queen Elizabeth's side in 1979 when she opened the council’s new civic offices.