The life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh 1

The life of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh


Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace announced Friday. He was 99.
Philip, also known by his official title of the Duke of Edinburgh, was the longest-serving British consort. He married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947 after a courtship that charmed a country still reeling from the ravages of World War II.
In his seven decades of service, Philip often accompanied the Queen on royal engagements, and conducted thousands of his own solo appearances. He once referred to himself as "the world's most experienced plaque unveiler," while the Queen lauded him as her "constant strength and guide."
The duke was known for off-the-cuff remarks that often displayed a quick wit but occasionally missed the mark, sometimes in spectacular fashion. Philip continued making public appearances well into his 90s, retiring only in August 2017.
He supported a number of philanthropic endeavors and was associated with around 800 organizations. He founded the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme, a youth development program that operates in more than 130 countries and territories around the world.
After retiring, Philip spent much of his time at the Queen's rural Sandringham estate. He was occasionally seen in later years at private family events such as the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank, both at Windsor Castle.
Philip's advanced age meant that his health had been the subject of much media focus in recent years. In December 2019, he was taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure" for what Buckingham Palace described as a "pre-existing" condition. He had previously been admitted to hospital on multiple occasions for a variety of reasons, including for a hip replacement and for treatment for bladder infections.
The duke was born the Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921. He left Greece aged 18 months with his family when King Constantine was forced to abdicate after a revolt by Greece's war-stretched military forces. The family moved first to Paris and later, in 1928, to England.
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  1. Such a sad day, especially for his Queen and their family. I hope they have a wonderful celebration of his life!

    1. @Symbolic Bass WOW!!! Highly crass and unnecessary comment!
      @Alkg, I agree! I hope that the Queen and royal family are there for each other as much as possible, and receive the well wishes of many!

    2. @Symbolic Bass there are stages of grief they’ll go through, they’re nowhere near moving on and not expected to be.

  2. I hope people will read about his life. His family had struggling times before his marriage. He was a loving husband and help mate to the Queen and was a Veteran, Patron of Countless Charities and raised millions of pounds for causes he felt valued people. Please support the Queen with your prayers and kind words of condolence, I’m sure she is heart broken to lose her husband. Prayers for the Queen and her family.

    1. Seriously!! Struggling times…..r u stupid? ….they r royals …they don’t work a single day….they literally live on others money

    2. @Pa V He was a refugee. Abandoned by his parents and passed from pillar to post and then shoved in an boarding school.

    3. @Sugar Xyler the blue eyed Cherokee Honestly, you should read up on this guy, he’s a really interesting man. He part created the World wildlife fund for nature, he was a fierce environmentalist, creator of children’s clubs after WW2 so the kids would have somewhere to play other than the bomb sites, organic farmer. He was even worshipped as a god by the people of Vanuatu. I don’t know where Americans are getting their views of him from but he was amazing.

  3. Another one of the last living “greatest generation ” members now gone. RIP Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. This generation is dwindling fast, and I’m sorry to see it. They were the ultimate survivors and got through their trials with a sense of pride. They didn’t get on TV and whine about the need to “thrive and not just survive”. They just got on with it and fought the good fight.

  4. RIP Prince Philip. I read about his background and how he escaped from Greece during its turbulent years. His devotion to the Queen (his wife) was phenomenally rare. The world has lost a great gentleman and real man. RIP sir, the Royal family won’t be the same without you.

  5. My mom and dad were married 79 years. They were together the whole time. Mom died in 2018 …..1918 – 2018. And my dad died months later ….1920. – 2018. It’s an amazing legacy. So is the Queens and Philips. I’m glad they passed before Covid….a blessing actually.

    1. My grandparents were married not quite that long, 63 years and he died 9 months after she did of a broken heart. That is the official cause of death on his death certificate. Their ashes were mingled together in the same urn and is in an urn in the family crypt. He was 93 and she was 88 when they passed away. None of their 7 children have ever divorced and only one of their 17 grandchildren ever divorced and none are likely to. They set a superb example for the family.

  6. The longest marriage recorded (although not officially recognized) is an emerald wedding anniversary (90 years) between Karam and Kartari Chand, who both lived in the United Kingdom, but were married in India. Karam and Kartari Chand married in 1925 and died in 2016 and 2019 respectively.

  7. Prince Phillip, thank you for all you have done for the people of the World and your tireless energy. Time to rest now. You’re Majesty, the Queen, will miss you so. God Save the Queen. Wayne M.

  8. As a Brit- I have benefited from the Duke of Edinburgh Award like many kids across the UK that has given us self-confidence, resilience, tolerance and faith in others which we all need during these Covid-times and now to see children and young adults commit to it across the globe is amazing to see. It’s a legacy that we can all use to help each other in this often divisive world. Also I have family friends from the USA and Canada and they have sent their love over the pond like a lot of Americans have so I want to say Thank you,- it’s nice to see us not grieving alone- we all remember how much of a loyal officer, duke, father and husband he was to the Royal Family and the nation. Sympathise to the Royal family and all his relatives/friends and Rest in Peace Prince Philip.

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