Prince Philip’s last known photo as heartbroken Queen mourns loss of husband

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The heartbreaking final photos of Prince Philip are being looked at in a new light following his death.

The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99.

It comes less than a month after Philip left hospital following a month-long stay.

He was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London on February 16 as a precaution following unspecified health troubles.

Exactly a month later he was able to leave and return home to Windsor Castle to join his wife the Queen.

Photos taken by media at the scene show Philip, wearing a yellow robe or jumper, sitting in the back seat of a car as it leaves the hospital.

It's now thought these images were the last ever taken of the late Duke in public.

Meanwhile the last official photo of him with his wife the Queen was released in November to commemorate the couple's 73rd wedding anniversary.

They were pictured on a sofa in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, where they spent the coronavirus lockdown, reading a card made by their great-grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

The announcement of Philip's death was made in a statement by Buckingham Palace at 12pm on Friday.

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"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 statement said.

"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."

Philip stepped down from royal duties in 2017 at the age of 96, and was later involved in a horror car crash in January 2019 which saw his Land Rover overturn.

He also sparked fears for his health at the end of 2019 when, in December, he was rushed to hospital following a fall while suffering from the flu.

His final hospital stay from February 16 to March 16 was the longest of his life.

Sadly he was unable to have many visitors owning to coronavirus restrictions, with Prince Charles the only member of the Royal Family known to have come to see him.

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