Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband to Queen Elizabeth II, has died of old age on 9 April 2021. Prince Philip was 99 when he died, and he was one of the most respected members of the British Royal Family. It is important to know and learn more about his life, accolades, and contributions that he gave not only to Great Britain but also to the world.
Prince Philip was born on the 10th of June, 1921 to a family of Greek and Danish descent. He was born in the Mon Repos villa located on the island of Corfu, Greece, which lays just off the coast of Saranda, Albania. Prince Philip was the fifth child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Of course, the young Philip was a successor to the throne of his father as a Prince of Greece and Denmark.
During Prince Philip’s infanthood, Greece was at war with Turkey where Turkey dominated and defeated Greece. After a while, a revolutionary court banished Prince Andrew from Greece, for life. The family then went on to settle in Paris on a house lent to them by Prince Andrew’s wealthy aunt, who was also a princess.
At first, Philip was educated in an American school in Paris, known as The Elms, and then he was sent to attend Cheam School in Headley Hampshire, England. There, he lived with his maternal grandmother and moved from time to time to different family members. At that time, his sisters married German princes and all of his sisters moved to Germany. His mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was sent to an asylum, and his father, Prince Andrew went to live in Monte Carlo. In 1933, Prince Philip went to the Schule Schloss Salem school owned by the family of his brother-in-law, where he only stayed for two terms, and then went on to finish his last two terms Gordonstout School in Scotland.
After Gordonstout, he went on to receive Royal Navy training, graduating as the best cadet. With the start of World War II, he was sent off to war. In 1940, he was admitted as a midshipman at first but during the years his ranks just climbed higher, ranking as high as a Lieutenant. He was involved in the Battle of Crete, where he was awarded the medal ‘Greek War Hero’ and he was also a part of the Allied Invasion of Sicily. He also witnessed the Japanese surrender document being signed, in Tokyo bay.
During his service in the war, he was already acquainted with Elizabeth II. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II first met at Brittania Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. Philip was an escort to Elizabeth II and Margaret while King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were being given a tour through the college. It is stated that Queen Elizabeth II was immediately attracted to him due to his charming looks and stand. During the war, they frequently exchanged letters.
Just after the war in 1946, Philip asked for the King’s blessing to marry his daughter, which the King gave to Philip. Prince Philip then went on to abandon his Greek and Danish royal titles, and a day before the wedding, he received the style of Royal Highness by the King. On the day of the wedding, he received the titles, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Marioneth, and Baron of Greenwich on the 20th of November 1947. They have four children together, their children were named Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward who we now know as Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
After the death of the King due to an illness, Elizabeth II, went on to become a Queen. Now, Prince Philip was a consort to the queen meaning his responsibilities grew and he was now more in the center of attention. However, he managed to be a role model for many people around the world, being a patron to numerous foundations that give to the people and a chancellor to England’s most prestigious Universities. He was a patron to more than 800 different organizations, which their main focus was education, environment, and sports.
In April 2009, Prince Philip became the longest-serving British royal consort and became the oldest-ever male in the British royal family in February 2013. Prince Philip decided to retire from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, where he met with the Royal Marines for his final solo public engagement. From 1952 until his retirement he had completed 22,219 solo engagements. Prime Minister Theresa May thanked him for “a remarkable lifetime of service”. During his time in the Royal Family, he has had some health complications, but nothing life-threatening. He died on the 9th of April 2021 due to old age. With his death, the marriage that began as a fairytale love story between him and Queen Elizabeth II ended, they were married for 73 years.
It is important to remember Prince Philip. He was a war hero with many accolades and played a very important role in the British Royal Family. Being the bearer of many titles, he was always humble, charismatic, and blunt. The passing of Prince Philip has brought sadness into the world, but he truly is, a prince to be remembered.