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|Duke of Edinburgh|
Prince Philip in 1992
|Consort of the British monarch|
|Tenure||6 February 1952 – 9 April 2021|
|Born||Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
10 June 1921
Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece
|Died||9 April 2021
Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England
Elizabeth II (m. 1947)
|Father||Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark|
|Mother||Princess Alice of Battenberg|
|| Royal Navy
United Kingdom Army
United Kingdom Air Force
|Years of service||1939–1952
|Rank||Admiral of the Fleet
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Commander (active service)
|Commands held||HMS Magpie|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, 10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021) was a member of the British royal family as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Philip was born in Corfu. He was originally a Royal Prince of Greece and Denmark.
Prince Philip was on active service in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War. At the end of the war he was on the destroyer HMS Whelp in the Pacific, and was in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2 September 1945.
After he changed his nationality, he became known as Philip Mountbatten. His cousin was Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
The Queen and Prince Philip have four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The couple have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television, in May 1961. He has traveled with the Queen on all 251 of her royal trips.
Prince Phillip retired from royal duties and visits near the end of 2017.
Philip was the patriarch of the British Royal family. He was the longest serving royal consort in the United Kingdom. He was also the Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.
On 16 February 2021, Philip was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital as a “precautionary measure” after feeling unwell. On 23 February, it was announced that he had an infection.
Philip died on the morning of 9 April 2021 at Windsor Castle, aged 99, two months before his 100th birthday. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history. In private, the Queen described her husband's death as "having left a huge void in her life".
The cause of death has not been disclosed, though the palace said Philip died peacefully. Philip's daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, confirmed the official statement, describing his death as "...so gentle. It was just like somebody took him by the hand and off he went." His death led to the commencement of Operation Forth Bridge, the plan for publicly announcing his death and organising his funeral. The funeral took place on 17 April 2021 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and he was interred in the Royal Vault inside St George's.
Representatives of countries around the world sent condolences to the Royal Family upon his death.
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HRH The Countess of Wessex
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- HRH Princess Alexandra
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