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Prince Philip’s death reminds us that the future of the monarchy is far from assured

The Duke was a skilled practitioner with a devotion to public service. His passing leaves a cherished institution more exposed than ever

By Alexander Larman  

Image: Michael Dunlea / Alamy Stock Photo

The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99. The man who has been synonymous for decades with a single-minded dedication to public service, racking up over 20,000 appearances by himself and thousands more with his family, did not quite make it to his century. He therefore missed out on the unique experience of being sent a telegram of congratulations on his hundredth birthday by his wife. And as the royal commentators take to the papers and television studios to trot out their usual platitudes and well-hewn anecdotes, a nation anticipates the most high-profile funeral of a…

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