Prince Philip passed away on Friday, April 9, at the age of 99. The grieving British have lost the man they nicknamed “the grandfather of the nation”.

On the announcement of Prince Philip’s death, at the age of 99, this Friday, April 9, the British flocked to Buckingham Palace to say their farewells. This man of the shadows, affectionately known as “the grandfather of the nation”, was devoted for nearly 70 years to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, and the crown. ” We will miss him so much; we will all mourn his death together, ” said a Briton. ” He had a big heart; he was a loving father,” said another.

An eight-day national mourning

At 2 p.m. London time, as tradition dictates, the Duke of Edinburgh’s obituary was posted on Buckingham Palace’s gates. Everyone could read the emotion of the Queen: ” It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband “. A few minutes later, the British channels interrupted their programs to announce the death of the prince. All flags of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth were immediately lowered. Eight days of mourning was declared.