The news was confirmed this afternoon by a statement from Buckingham Palace, which 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.’
Martine’s voice trembled as she shared the news of his death live on BBC News, and could originally be seen wearing a brown jumper and gold necklace.
‘You’re watching BBC News,’ she began, while appearing to fight back tears over the announcement. ‘We have just received a statement from Buckingham Palace, confirming that the Duke of Edinburgh has died.’
‘We have just received this information from Buckingham Palace,’ she informed viewers, while repeating the statement for a second time.
A video montage of Prince Philip then played out on air, and when the camera panned back to the studio, Martine had removed the necklace and added a black blazer to her outfit.
It is protocol for presenters to wear black or dark coloured outfits following the death of a Royal family member as a mark of respect.
BBC bosses also confirmed that all scheduled programming has been suspended in the wake of the Duke’s death.
A spokesman said: ‘With the sad news that HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has died, there is now special coverage across all BBC networks to mark his life of extraordinary public service and planned scheduling has been suspended.”
The Duke had recently been treated at King Edward VII Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital for an infection, but returned home to Windsor on March 16 after a month-long stay.
Over the coming days funeral arrangements will be made for the Royal, who was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years.
He will be buried in Frogmore Gardens in the grounds of Windsor Castle where the Queen liked to walk her corgis.
She is now in an eight-day period of mourning following his death.
Boris Johnson offered his condolences in a heartfelt statement outside No 10 Downing Street, stating he ‘helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life’.
‘He was an environmentalist and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.
‘With his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, he shaped and inspired the lives of countless young people and at literally tens of thousands of events he fostered their hopes and encouraged their ambitions.’
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