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Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip dies

On Friday, April 9, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, died, he was 99 years old.

“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle, “ the royal family tweeted.

In February, he was admitted to the hospital and underwent heart surgery, but was later discharged.

They were married to the Queen for 73 years and raised four children. The prince did not live to see his 100th birthday for just two months.

A month of mourning has been declared in the UK.

The main facts of the biography of Prince Philip:

Prince Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on 10 June 1921. He did not live to see his centenary exactly two months later.

Prince Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu and was baptized according to the Orthodox rite.

He is the son of King George I of Greece and the younger brother of King Constantine I. Great-grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark, a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria of England, and Emperor Nicholas I of Russia.

From birth, he bore the title of Prince of Greece and Denmark.

After the abdication of Constantine in September 1922, the family was expelled from Greece and settled in Paris. In 1928, Philip was sent to live with relatives in London. From 1933 to 1935, he attended school in Germany, then in Scotland. In 1939-1940, he studied at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

After graduation, he was promoted to midshipman and served in the Navy throughout World War II. After graduating with the rank of first lieutenant.

During his college years, Philip met his four cousins, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. A correspondence ensued between Philip and Elizabeth.

In 1946, Philip asked the king for permission to marry the heir to the throne. Their engagement was announced on July 10, 1947. The wedding took place on November 20 of the same year in Westminster Abbey.

Philip and Elizabeth have four children:

Charles, Prince of Wales (born 1948),
Princess Anne (born 1950),
Prince Andrew, Duke of York (born 1960),
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (born 1964).

During the celebration of his 90th birthday, Prince Philip announced his intention to reduce public functions. Since 2017, he has ceased to perform the public duties assigned to him personally as a member of the royal family. At the same time, the prince still continued to accompany his wife at many public events.

One of the last photos of Philip was taken in November 2020-in honor of the 73rd wedding anniversary of the couple.

Philip and Elizabeth spent the coronavirus pandemic in self-isolation. On January 9, 2021, they gave the first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The other day, on April 3, Elizabeth II appeared in public for the first time after a long quarantine. She was in good health, but her husband did not accompany her.

Prince Philip has broken the longevity record for men descended from Queen Victoria. Before that, it belonged to Karl Johan Bernadotte, who died on May 5, 2012, at the age of 95 years, 6 months, and 5 days.

Britain has declared national mourning for Prince Philip. The royal family will mourn for 30 days.

The country’s flags are at half-mast, no new laws will be passed, and the Queen will temporarily cease to deal with state affairs. Parliamentarians will wear black ribbons on their sleeves, while men will wear black ties.

A suspicious device was defused at the residence of Elizabeth II in Scotland

On the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarchs in Scotland, a group of sappers defused a suspicious device.

This is reported by the BBC.

According to police, on Tuesday at about 20: 50 they received a call to the palace, which is located in Edinburgh.

A security official said: “A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. There was no threat to the public, and the investigation into the circumstances of the case continues.”

Outside the palace on Wednesday morning, police officers with long sticks were combing the yard and grass, as well as inspecting sewers and cars. Police Scotland cars were parked at several entrances to the palace.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has not been to Edinburgh for more than a year. The 94-year-old Queen and her husband Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, were isolated at Windsor, the royal country residence near London, in March last year.

They returned there again in November after coronavirus restrictions began to tighten in the country amid a worsening epidemic situation.

Queen Elizabeth II’s 10th great-grandchild was born

There’s another addition to the royal family. Elizabeth’s granddaughter by her only daughter Zara Tindall gave birth to a son. This was announced by her husband, the famous rugby player Mike Tindall. It is known that the birth took place at home, as the woman simply did not have time to get to the hospital. She was assisted by a visiting midwife.

For the queen’s granddaughter, the newborn became the third child, and the family already has two girls. Earlier, Mike Tindall reported that he prays for a boy to be born, although, of course, he will love any child. In anticipation of the addition of the family came up with an unusual universal name for him, which should be suitable for both a boy and a girl-Covey or Covina. And they dedicated it to the coronavirus pandemic since it was during this period that the child was conceived.

“I want a boy to be born this time: I already have two girls. But in any case, I will love the child, whether it is a boy or a girl. But please, let it be a boy! We have not yet decided on a name: Covi or Covina, “ the father of many children shared earlier.

By the way, the queen herself likes unusual names. Recently, she has two new puppies of her favorite breed — corgi. One of them Elizabeth named after her late uncle — Fergus and the other was named Mick, after the lake in Scotland, where the royal family likes to arrange picnics.

Catalan separatist leader faces jail in Spain

MEPs have stripped the immunity of the former head of the government of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and two of his associates. Now they can be extradited to Spain, where they face prison for the 2017 independence referendum.

For the deprivation of Carles Puigdemont and his associates, former members of the government of Tony (Anthony) Comin and Clara Ponsati, a confident majority of the members of the European Union parliament voted: in the case of Puigdemont — 400 votes in favor with 248 against, in the cases of Comin and Ponsati — 404 for and 247 vs.

The EU Parliament held a secret ballot on Monday evening, and the results were announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Puigdemont’s associates are negotiating the formation of a new government in Catalonia after winning elections in mid-February.

Puigdemont and Comyn were elected MEPs in the spring of 2019, and Ponsati joined them later when Britain officially left the European Union, and its quota in the European Parliament was partially distributed among various EU countries, including Spain.

Now the courts of the countries where the fugitives live — Belgium and Britain (Scotland) — will again decide the issue of their extradition to Madrid. Until now, they have refused to do so, referring, among other things, to the immunity of the Catalans as members of the European Parliament. In addition, the Spanish government has already applied to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Three Catalan politicians are also going to file with the European Court — they announced this at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Only the European Court will be able to compensate for the damage to democracy caused by the fact that three MEPs are deprived of immunity for political reasons,” the Catalan press quotes Puigdemont.

“This is a sad day for the European Parliament. We have lost our immunity, but the European Parliament has lost even more, and European democracy has also suffered losses,” said Puigdemont.

Official Madrid, represented by Foreign Minister Aranci Gonzalez Laya, welcomed the decision of the European Parliament.

Belgium lifts age limit for AstraZeneca vaccine

The country’s health council, after receiving new data, allowed people over 55 years of age to be vaccinated with the drug.

The Belgian authorities have authorized the use of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine when vaccinating people over 55 years old. On Wednesday, March 3, Politico reports.

The Belgian Health Council now believes that the drug is safe and effective enough.

Belgium was one of the countries in the European Union that did not recommend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the elderly, setting an age limit of 55 to 65, citing insufficient data.

However, promising data was released in February that showed that a single dose of the vaccine significantly reduced hospital admissions in England and Scotland, after which the EU countries began to gradually remove age restrictions.

“The data looks promising at first glance,” the Belgian authorities said in an updated recommendation.

However, the Council emphasized the need to exercise caution with previous, not yet published data.

We will remind, on the eve of the French authorities also changed the recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, allowing it to vaccinate the older age group.