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Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
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Prince Philip in 1992
Consort of the British monarch
Tenure 6 February 1952 – 9 April 2021
Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
(1921-06-10)10 June 1921
Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece
Died 9 April 2021(2021-04-09) (aged 99)
Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England
Spouse
Elizabeth II (m. 1947)
Issue
House
  • Glücksburg (until 1947)
  • Mountbatten (from 1947)
Father Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Mother Princess Alice of Battenberg
Signature Prince Philip's signature
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Royal Navy
 United Kingdom Army
Flag of the United Kingdom Air Force United Kingdom Air Force
Years of service 1939–1952
(active service)
Rank Admiral of the Fleet
Field Marshal
Marshal of the Royal Air Force
Commander (active service)
Commands held HMS Magpie
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards

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.

Early life

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.

On 19 November 1947, he was made a Knight of the Garter, and given the style of "Royal Highness".

Consort

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Elisabeth and Philip, 1947

On 20 November 1947, he married Princess Elizabeth, the heiress presumptive to King George VI, he became the Duke of Edinburgh. He was made a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

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.

Recent years

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.

Death

Buckingham Palace flags at half-mast 9 April 2021
Buckingham Palace on 9 April 2021; the Union Flag is flown at half-mast as crowds gather.

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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