The Queen was ‘at Prince Philip’s bedside’ when he passed away at Windsor Castle after ‘not wanting to die in hospital’

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The Queen was reportedly at the bedside of her “beloved” husband Prince Philip when he passed away on Friday morning in Windsor.

According to reports, the 99 year old Duke of Edinburgh was on “good form” in the days leading up to his death and had vowed to “never return to hospital” after a long stint there last month.

Prince Philip is said to have spent his final days with his “Lilibet” at Windsor Castle, but was left “frustrated” over Covid restrictions meaning limited family visits.

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However he is said to have still been reading and writing letters and speaking to loved ones on the phone in his final days, the Daily Mail reports.

The publication added that the Queen’s husband had been ‘calmer and quieter” since his return from hospital last month and had kept two photos by his bedside – one of his wife and the other of his mother.

They added that Prince Philip was “determined to the end that he would die in his own home” and mealtimes were changed so he could dine with his wife.

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The Queen was reportedly heard saying that the Duke refused to wear his hearing aid and had declined to have a staff member pick up his glasses when he dropped them, doing it himself.

An insider said: "When he came back to Windsor he said he was not going back to any hospital.

"No fuss was the constant refrain."

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The Queen announced her “deep sorrow” over the loss of her husband in a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Friday.

It read: “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. Further announcements will made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

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