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LOOKING BACK: On Prince Philip’s life

 

The Duke of Edinburgh carried the title of the longest serving consort, and was married to Her Majesty 73 years - he died just 2 months before his 100th birthday.

Prince Philip of Greece was born on 10 June 1921 on the island of Corfu.

The Prince began his education in France but at the young age of seven, moved to England to live with his Mountbatten relatives, attending school in Surrey.

With war looming, Philip decided on a military career - and despite yearning for one in the Royal Air Force, he followed a family tradition instead joining Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

Whilst escorting senior members of the Royal Family on a trip, it’s believed the meeting made a deep impression on the then 13 year old prince Elizabeth.

Year later in 1942, he came one of the youngest Lieutenants in the Royal Navy, later giving up his career to support the Queen.

After becoming engaged in 1946, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Elizabeth married at Westminster Abbey in November 1947.

At the time, it was described by Winston Churchill as a “flash of colour” in post-war Britain.

He’ll be remembered for his charitable work, and support in promoting British culture oversees. He retired from public life in August 2017. Buckingham Palace have calculated that since 1952, twenty two thousand two hundred and nineteen solo engagements had been carried out by the Duke.

I recent years, he’d been admitted to hospital on several occasions - and his deteriorating health was a concern of many.

His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip the Duke of Edinburgh, spent over seven decades supporting her royal highness, Queen Elizabeth second. He’s been described as her “strength and stay”.


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