The life and achievements of HRH Prince Philip
As the closest confidant and companion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Philip’s passing has touched the world over, especially the people of the United Kingdom.
Prince Philip's early life
Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1921, the Duke of Edinburgh's early life was tumultuous, escaping Greece during the Greco-Turkish War and eventually landing in Scotland, where he was educated at the Gordonstoun School.
Tragically, when he was sixteen, his beloved sister and several other close family members were killed in a plane crash, leaving Prince Philip with no guardian. It was here that Louis Mountbatten became his primary caregiver and led His Royal Highness to a brand-new life.
After leaving school, the Prince joined the navy, wherein he rose to Lieutenant. He fought in some of the most significant naval battles of the Second World War, including the Invasion of Sicily and Tokyo Bay.
Meeting the Queen
In 1939, however, everything changed. On a chance tour of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Philip met the young Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King George VI. The pair fell in love and in 1947, it was announced they were to mappy. Prince Philip renounced his Greek and Danish titles, becoming a naturalised citizen and adopting the surname ‘Mountbatten’.
Before Elizabeth was to become Queen, the pair had two children; Prince Charles, in 1948, and Princess Anne, in 1950. They would go on to have two more sons; Prince Andrew, in 1960, and Prince Edward, in 1964. Upon Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1952, HRH Prince Philip became Consort of the Queen, accompanying her on official duties and undertaking multiple patronages and charitable effects of his own.
Prince Philip's charitable works
Known as one of the funniest and straight-talking members of the Royal Family, HRH Prince Philip acted as patron to over 800 organizations, as well as establishing the Duke of Edinburgh Award for young people aged 14 to 24. He is the longest living British royal consort and officially retired from public life in 2017.
The Passing of the Duke
HRH Prince Philip passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle on April 9th, 2021. Following the announcement, made to the British people by the BBC, the country entered eight days of national mourning.
The funeral was held in St George’s Chapel on April 17th, 2021, where his coffin was interred in the Royal Vault, looked on by members of the Royal Family. Broadcast live across the globe, more than 13 million people watched the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on the BBC and ITV, showing the procession of senior royals, as well as music specially