Prince Philip – A Life Of Dedication, Commitment And Service

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip (10 June 1921) has died aged 99, passing away in the early hours of Friday, April 9 at Windsor Castle.

The Queens husband was born on Cofu to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice.

The Prince was raised mainly in Great Britain attending Gordonstoun School, Scotland and then the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

From January 1940 until the end of the Second World War the Prince served with the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean and Pacific.

1940 may have been a significant year for his time in service, but it was a year earlier, 1939, he would begin correspondence with a woman that could only be described as the love of his life.

On 28 February 1947 Prince Philip renounced his claim to the Danish and Greek thrones and became a British subject taking his mother’s surname, Mountbatten this was all so he could marry that woman – none other than the Princess Elizabeth (soon Her Majesty the Queen).

He married Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and it was the beginning of a 74-year relationship.

The couple had four children Charles (1948), Anne (1950), Andrew (1960) and Edward (1964).

Philip continued to serve in the Royal Navy until the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952.

In 1957 he became Prince Philip and in 1960 his surname was combined to become Mountbatten-Windsor as the surname for lower branches of the royal family.

As one of the busiest members of the family Prince Philip made over 20,000 public appearances, was head of the World Wildlife Fund (1981-96) and launched the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme before withdrawing from public life with his last appearance on 2 August 2017.

Shortly before his death the Prince spent several days in hospital for a known heart condition.