HIS ROYAL Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.
In a statement released this lunchtime, the Palace said: “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.”
The county welcomed Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to the county in 2012 at the opening of the Hive in Worcester.
As well as opening the landmark building in the heart of Worcester, a reception was held at the Guildhall for civic heads and charity chiefs from across the region.
After the reception, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh engaged in their traditional walkabout on the High Street speaking to hundreds of delighted members of the crowd.