Prince Philip has died, Buckingham Palace has said.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was married to Queen Elizabeth for more than 70 years.  

A statement from Buckingham Palace said he "passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

Surrey Comet:

The statement reads: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces 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 duke spent more than 70 years as the Queen’s companion, through each decade of her reign.

He was the longest-serving consort in British history – supporting the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

His naval career came to an end in 1951 due to the failing health of his father-in-law, George VI, and when his wife became Queen a year later, his destiny was set.

His life at sea – following distinguished service during the Second World War – was put aside for royal duty, but he always maintained close connections to the armed forces and their organisations.

He set up his youth achievement awards programme in 1956 and it became one of the best-known self-development and adventure schemes for 14 to 24-year-olds.

Millions have signed up to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and the scheme has been praised for challenging young people and broadening their horizons.