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Buckingham Palace has this afternoon (09/04) announced that Prince Philip has died aged 99, having “passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.” 

Prince Philip was an honorary fellow of Trinity College since 1977. Prince Charles, who matriculated at Cambridge in 1967, has also held the same position at Trinity since 1988. 

In 1977, the Duke also became Chancellor of the University, with his primary responsibility being conferring honorary degrees at the University. As Chancellor, he showed a keen interest in the University’s works and toured several departments, alongside unveiling a plaque to mark the opening of Gonville and Caius’ Stephen Hawking accommodation building in his final year of the Chancellorship. 

The 30th anniversary of his Chancellorship was celebrated in April 2007, before he later retired in 2011.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was due to turn 100 this June, had spent approximately one month at St Bartholomew’s hospital on 1 March after admission as a “precautionary measure” to King Edward VII’s hospital on 16 February. He was discharged on March 16.

Buckingham Palace had said (01/03) that doctors at St Bartholomew’s would “continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.”

The contents of the Royal Family’s website have temporarily been replaced with the announcement while the site is updated.

‘Operation Forth Bridge’, named after the celebrated Scottish landmark, maps out the procedures that will follow the death of the Duke, who is classed as a “category 1” royal by the BBC in terms of the significance of his death.