A formal message of grief appeared at the gate of Buckingham Palace in London on Friday afternoon, telling the story of Prince Philip's death.

The content of the grief message is freely translated in this way.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth announces with great sorrow that her beloved spouse, Her Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is dead.

His Highness slept away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Hovi will provide more information in due course.

The royal family shares the grief of people around the world over the departure of Prince Philip.

Prince Philip’s death begins an eight-day mourning period in Britain.

That means no bills will be made for the Queen’s approval in the coming days.

Also, all official state visits have traditionally been suspended during mourning.

Flag of mourning at Buckingham Palace on April 9, 2021. Photo: HANNAH MCKAY / Reuters