The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, has died at the age of 99.
The Duke passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
Buckingham Palace’s plan for when Prince Phillip dies is named Operation Forth Bridge, which will now begin immediately, meaning the country enters a period of national mourning.
Flags above public buildings are to be lowered to half-mast, and all royal public appearances are cancelled until further notice. Television newsreaders will wear black as a mark of respect., and MPs will wear black armbands in parliament. This lasts until the funeral.
For around eight days, the Queen is not expected to perform any of her constitutional affairs, meaning no new laws will be passed, for example.
As the Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip would ordinarily be expected to receive a state funeral, meaning he would be “lying in state” at Westminster Abbey, before being buried in St George’s Chapel. However, the duke has previously said he didn’t “want the fuss”. It’s therefore been suggested he might be buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle.