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The news of Prince Philip’s death on April 9 was broadcast around the world, shocking everyone from casual fans of the royal family to members of the media who have been following the royal family for decades. Prince Philip, who was 99 years old at the time of his death, had been suffering from some health problems in recent years and rarely made public appearances. Still, the longtime partner to Queen Elizabeth II was a figurehead for the royal family, and to many, an icon. In the days following his death, the royal family took to social media to express their sadness — and made a point to pay special tribute to Prince Philip via a subtle message. 

Prince Philip’s death saddened the world

Prince Philip giving a salute in his role as Senior Colonel, Household Division and Colonel, Grenadier Guards
Prince Philip | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Philip passed away on April 9. His death followed several months of health issues, including a stint in the hospital in February and surgery for a heart condition.

The longtime husband and partner to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and the monarch married in 1947 and have been together ever since. The two weathered many scandals together, welcomed four children, and bore witness to many major moments in history.

With eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren in addition to his four children, Prince Philip left behind a legacy that cannot be denied. His impact on the history of the royal family is one that will go down in the history books, and for those who knew him personally, his jokes and jovial nature made him a valued friend and confidante. 

What did Buckingham Palace say about Prince Philip’s death?

The morning of April 9, Buckingham Palace released a statement confirming Prince Philip’s passing. The statement read “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.” 

The statement also gave a nod to the fact that people around the world would be upset, adding that the palace joins “with people around the world  in mourning his loss.” In addition to the statement from the palace, many members of the royal family took to their own social media accounts to write deeply moving personal tributes to Prince Philip.

Prince William shared a touching tribute to his grandfather on the Cambridge Royal social media accounts, and even the estranged former royals Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex released a statement honoring Prince Philip.

What social media move did the royal family make to honor Prince Philip?

According to a recent Insider report, the royal family paid tribute to Prince Philip in a relatively rare way. The report states that after Buckingham Palace announced the news of Prince Philip’s death, all three social media accounts associated with the royal family, including #KensingtonRoyal, #ClarenceHouse, and #TheRoyalFamily, changed their profile pictures to honor Prince Philip and his legacy. The photo that the accounts chose is a black and white photo of Prince Philip wearing his military uniform. 

This has been done before, most recently in November 2020, when the three social media accounts changed their profile pictures for Remembrance Day. Additionally, the royal family’s official website was given a refresh to honor Prince Philip, with a tribute to the family patriarch and a message of remembrance against a black backdrop.