Prince Philip's unwavering dedication to royal duty and his secret letters to Diana

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Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, succeeding the throne on 6 February 1952 upon the death of her father, King George VI. There has been one constant in her life though, even before her 68-year reign began: that of her husband, Prince Philip.

Buckingham Palace announced on Friday, 9 April, Prince Philip had died. In a statement, the palace said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

Her Majesty called 99-year-old Prince Philip her "strength and stay" on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997 and said his dedication to duty and the monarchy kept her going.

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