The Duke of Edinburgh born 10 June 1921, passed away at the age of 99 on the 9th of April 2021. Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark, then Prince Philip of Mountbatten joined the Royal Navy at 18-years-old. In 1939, he met Princess Elizabeth during her visit to the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. Although she was 13-years-old at the time, the rest was history as we know it.
In the summer of 1946, Prince Philip asked King George VI for his daughter’s hand. The pair married in Westminster Abbey the following November. The day before their nuptials, the King bestowed the style of His Royal Highness on Prince Philip. And on the morning of the wedding, he made him the Duke of Edinburgh. A decade on, the Queen granted her husband the title of a Prince of the United Kingdom.
The Duke of Edinburgh remained an active member of the Royal Navy until the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952. Afterwards, he left to fully devote himself to supporting her work. Through the years, he has served as a patron and member of more than 750 organisations. In 2009 he became the longest-serving British consort in history. Having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952. He stopped carrying out public engagements with the full support of the Queen in 2017. We remember his life in pictures below.
A toddler in Greece and at Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
Prince Phillip and Princess Elizabeth engagement portrait, 1947
Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, Prince Philip and Prince Charles photographed in 1951
Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward and Prince Charles photographed at Buckingham Palace in 1972 (Fox Photos
At the Duke of Edinburgh’s request, two of his rare Fell ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, pulled a four-wheeled carriage he designed himself around the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle for the funeral service. “I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!” the Duke of Cambridge said in his first statement after the death of his beloved grandfather.
The Queen sat alone for the funeral due to covid rules and pandemic guidelines. In honour of her husband of 73 years.