After news of a rush meeting at Buckingham Palace leaked early on Thursday morning, a flurry of speculation began to arise that suggesting that Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had died. As reports turned out, however, Prince Philip has decided to step down from public life.
Millions online were more curious than ever about the life of the 95-year-old in the wake of the prince's announcement. Prince Philip has developed a reputation through the years for being brutally blunt, and is best known for his jarring and often offensive statements.
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Back row (L-R) King Harald, Crown Prince Marius Borg Hoiby, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, front (L-R) Prince Sverre Magnus, Queen Sonja and Princess Ingrid Alexandra pose during a Christmas photo session at the Royal Palace in Oslo, on December 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NTB SCANPIX / POOL / LISE ASERUD
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - DECEMBER 10: (L-R) Queen Silvia of Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Prince Daniel of Sweden and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attend the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony at Concert Hall on December 10, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Prince Albert II of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco present twins Princess Gabriella of Monaco and Prince Jacques of Monaco at the Palace Balcony on January 7, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.
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LUXEMBOURG - OCTOBER 20: Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein and Princess Marie-Aglae of Liechtenstein attends the wedding ceremony of Prince Guillaume Of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg. The 30-year-old hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg is the last hereditary Prince in Europe to get married, marrying his 28-year old Belgian Countess bride in a lavish 2-day ceremony.
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One of his most notable in a string of gaffes as the Queen's consort came in 1999 when the prince reportedly made an offensive joke at the expense of children from the British Deaf Association standing next to a Caribbean steel band. The then 74-year-old said, "If you're near that music it's no wonder you're deaf," according to according to The Telegraph.
The infamous royal also apologized later that year after remarking that a fusebox bursting with wires looked "as if it was put in by an Indian," which sparked an overwhelming backlash from the public, prompting immediate condemnation, according to The Guardian.
Prince Philip made yet another ill-judged remark in 2009 when he allegedly mocked the sight of a blind boy.
He and Queen Elizabeth II met a 15-year-old army cadet that was blinded in an IRA bombing, Stephen Menary. And after the queen asked the boy how much sight he had remaining, her husband said, "Not a lot, judging by the tie he's wearing," The Telegraph reported.
Aware of the black eye his gaffes have served to his bad reputation, Philip has once described his actions as symptoms of "Dontopedalogy...the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I have practiced for a good many years," according to the The Daily Mail.
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Princess Elizabeth with her husband Philip, son Charles and daughter Anne. She is the future Queen Elizabeth II of England. (Photo by ï¿½ Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the dedication of a Knights Bachelor temple at the church of St. Bartholomew The Great, London, 10th July 1968. (Photo by George Freston/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth, and The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace after their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
POUNDBURY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the unveiling of a statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother during a visit to Poundbury on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip fly back from a visit to Yorkshire in an Andover of the Queen's Flight, in a photo taken during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary The Royal Family.
LONDON - JUNE 1: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh chat during the Gulf Parade in London on June 1, 1991. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 20: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh wear safety glasses during a laser surgery demonstration at the opening of University College Hospital in London on October the 20th 2005. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
1947: H R H Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of their engagement at Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward waving to the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping of the Colour. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1947: Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
DUNSTABLE, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 11: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh feed bananas to Donna, a 7 year old Asian Elephant, as they open the new Centre for Elephant Care at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo on April 11, 2017 in Dunstable, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Christmas at Windsor Castle is shown here with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip shown putting finishing touches to Christmas tree, in a photo made recently during the filming of the joint ITV-BBC film documentary, The Royal Family.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Gulf War Victory Parade in the City of London on June 21, 1991 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
ICELAND - JUNE 25: The Queen And Prince Philip In Iceland. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, sits in the House of Lords before delivering her speech at the State Opening of Parliament May 14. Prime Minister Tony Blair committed his new Labour Government to a major programme of constitutional reform aimed at making a decisive break with 18 years of Conservative rule.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive for the start of Royal Ascot on Ladies Day June 17. The Queen, who is a keen racing fan and owner, had a winner with her horse Blueprint on the first day of the meeting.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands on the balcony with Prine Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace for the Trooping the Colour ceremony to honour her official birthday June 16, 2001. Trooping the colour has honoured the sovereign's official birthday since the 17th century and dates back to the earliest times of armed conflict, when each leader needed his own flag or colours to stand out clearly amid the smoke and dust of battle which led to regular trooping allowing soldiers to recognise the colours around which they should rally.
CANADA - MARCH 08: Royal tour of Australia and New Zealand by the King and Queen with Princess Margaret Rose early next year will be first by the reigning king. Princess Elizabeth shown here with Philip on New Zealand barque in London; will stay at home (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip attend the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy, in south-east England, 12 April 2006. The Queens' grandson Prince Harry graduated from the elite Sandhurst military academy Wednesday. Officer Cadet H Wales as Prince Harry is known, will train to become a troop commander, in charge of 11 enlisted men and four light tanks -- a job that could soon see him on front-line duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. His grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 80 on April 21, and father Prince Charles both turned out for the passing-out ceremony where Harry and 218 other officer cadets in crisp blue uniforms, each carrying thin silver swords, received their commissions after 44 weeks of gruelling training. (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip make their way down the aisle of Westminster Abbey, London, on their wedding day, 20th November 1947. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4438 - Royal Wedding - pub. 1947 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving Westminster Abbey after the annual Maundy Ceremony, 7th April 1966. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip watch the sack race at the annual Braemar Highland Gathering in Braemar, Scotland, Britain September 5, 2015. Queen Elizabeth will become Britain's longest-ever serving monarch on September 9. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
390922 07: Britain''s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Andrew arrive in a carriage June 21, 2001 at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip talk as they watch a calvary display by the elite Cadre Noir riding college in Paris 06 April 2004, on the second day of a three-day state visit to mark the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, the colonial-era promise of cross-channel friendship between Britain and France. AFP PHOTO/POOL/ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
The Queen & The Duke Of Edinburgh Attend A Service Of Commemoration To Mark The Bicentenary Of The Abolition Of The Slave Trade Act At Westminster Abbey, London. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Royal Maundy service at Leicester Cathedral on April 13, 2017 in Leicester, England. The Queen & Duke of Edinburgh travelled by car from Leicester station along Humberstone Gate, High Street and Jubilee Square. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attending the Official Ceremonial Welcome for the Colombian State Visit at Horse Guards Parade on November 1, 2016 in London, England. The President of the Republic of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos are paying their first State Visit to the UK as official guests of Queen Elizabeth. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh greet His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait at a Ceremonial Welcome Windsor Castle on November 27, 2012 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) arrives with Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (R) at Westminster Abbey in London, for a service to mark the Passing of The World War One Generation, on November 11, 2009. Queen Elizabeth II led Britain in marking Armistice Day on Wednesday -- along with troops on the frontline in Afghanistan -- while commemorating the passing of the World War I generation of soldiers. At 11:00 am (1100 GMT), 91 years since the Great War armistice came into effect, people fell silent for two minutes to remember those who fought and gave their lives in the 1914-1918 conflict. AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburg leave after the State Opening Of Parliament on November 18, 2009 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the Government's legislative programme in a speech delivered from the Throne in The House of Lords. This new session of Parliament will only last until the general election which has to be called by June 3, 2010. (Photo by Toby Melville/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R), watch a performance during a visit to re-open the tea clipper Cutty Sark in Greenwich, east London, on April 25, 2012. The Cutty Sark, built in 1869 was one of the last and one of the fastest tea clippers to be built. The Cutty Sark was badly damaged by fire on in May 2007 but after a 50 million GBP (80.6 million USD) restoration project the vessel is restored and will reopen to the public on April 26. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH (Photo credit should read KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh bid farewell to President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan at Buckingham Palace on October 22, 2015 in London, England. The President of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, end a State Visit to the United Kingdom as guests of The Queen. They stayed at Buckingham Palace and undertook engagements in London and Manchester. The last state visit paid by a Chinese President to the UK was Hu Jintao in 2005. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LOSSIEMOUTH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II pose for a photo during a visit to RAF Lossiemouth on their 67th wedding anniversary on November 20, 2014 in Lossiemouth, Scotland. It was the Queen's first visit to the base since 2003. (Photo by Danny Lawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave Horseguards Parade after the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony in central London, Britain June 11, 2016. Trooping the Colour is a ceremony to honour Queen Elizabeth's official birthday. The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stand on the balcony of Roemer townhall in Frankfurt, Germany June 25, 2015. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are on a three day state visit to Germany. REUTERS/Boris Roessler/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh upon their arrival for lunch at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP ARRIVE AT A PRIVATE PARTY FOR BRITAIN'S
QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THE RITZ HOTEL IN LONDON.