But things took a turn for the worst for the royal this year. | 22 Words

Following his death last week, a photo of Prince Philip making the Queen laugh while dressed in full uniform has gone viral...

And the story behind it is surprisingly heartwarming.

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As you will all know, it was announced last week on the morning of April 9th that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, had sadly died.

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He was ninety-nine-years-old.

Admittedly, it was no secret that the royal had been struggling with his health for quite some time...

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And had undergone many surgeries over the years.

He had previously dealt with complications such as a blocked coronary artery and a bladder infection just days before his ninety-second birthday...

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Resulting in the Duke undergoing exploratory abdominal surgery, which he swiftly recovered from.

But in 2015, he retired from public engagements entirely after becoming the longest-standing royal consort in British history.

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But soon after, he fell victim to another health issue which involved hip replacement surgery.

From there, he was on a tragically rocky path.

But things took a turn for the worst for the royal this year.

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On the evening of February 16th, Prince Philip was rushed to hospital after feeling "unwell."

The Sun reported that the royal would be spending "a few days" there.

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But it was also reported that he was in "good spirits" after being taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London.

The Duke made a brief recovery...

But from there, things were quick to get worse.

His health deteriorated rapidly...

And on Friday, we received the news we had all been dreading.

Buckingham Palace announced on the morning of April 9th that Prince Phillip had tragically passed away at the age of ninety-nine.

He will be greatly missed by all those who know and love the royal family.

In their own statement, the royal family wrote:

"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. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course."

But now, days after his death, an old photo has started to recirculate online.

The photo in question was captured back in 2003, and shows Prince Philip dressed in full uniform smiling as the Queen walks past him, visibly in fits of giggles.

People are loving the quirky story behind the photo...

Here's the photo.

Photographer Chris Young, who worked for the Press Association at the time and captured the moment, told the BBC that Prince Philip and the Queen had shared a laugh over a large swarm of bees outside of Windsor Castle.

"I got lucky. I recognized that it was a human moment. She was giggling like a little girl and he was laughing too. I thought the reaction from both of them was pretty unique."

A royal beekeeper was swiftly called to get the swarm under control.

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Young's picture made the front pages of a number of newspapers the following day.

Rest in peace, Prince Philip.