The last days of Prince Philip: a blanket on his lap, the sun on his face, the queen at his side


Prince Philip spent much of his final days sleeping, according to a new report, but in his best waking hours, he soaked in the sun with a blanket on his lap and Queen Elizabeth by his side, according to a new report.

And she was by his bedside when her end came at Windsor Castle on Friday morning at age 99, the UK Telegraph reported on Philip.

The Duke of Edinburgh had insisted, according to the Telegraph, that he would die in his own bed.

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“There were moments of great insight and joyous bonding,” even towards the end, wrote Richard Kay, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail and a former royal correspondent and high-level gossip columnist there.

He could walk, albeit with difficulty and using a cane.

“From time to time, he would get pushed around in a wheelchair, but staff were very cautious in suggesting it,” Kay wrote.

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“When he first appeared in the private rooms, he screamed, ‘Get that damn thing out of my sight,'” recalls an aide.

Philip ate little, Kay’s report said, and had discontinued the 7:30 am tea tray traditionally delivered to his bed by a valet or page. And he turned down many of the other food trays that would be taken out later that day.

In the end, his dying wish was fulfilled: to die in the comforts of home, rather than in the hospital, as a royal source told The Post.

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