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Great Britain Says Goodbye to The Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 99 on April 9, 2021, two months before his 100th birthday. The Queen, along with her children and grandchildren, remember Prince Philip’s “kindness, humour and humanity” as he is laid to rest at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

As the nation falls silent in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh, the @royalmarine Bearer Party pause on the West Steps, which is lined by members of the Household Cavalry.

The Duke’s Admiral of the Fleet Naval Cap and his Sword, given to him by King George VI, rest on the coffin. pic.twitter.com/RBC17xhVye
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 17, 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark

Prince Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece. Prince Philip’s family was exiled from the country when he was eighteen months old. Educated in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, he joined the Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the thirteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and British Pacific fleets.

The Duke of Edinburgh was a loving husband and a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

The Queen and The Duke’s enduring marriage has seen them support each other through many years of Royal duties and raising a family together.

The Queen wishes to share this private photograph taken with The Duke of Edinburgh at the top of the Coyles of Muick, Scotland in 2003.

📷Photograph by The Countess of Wessex

After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and styles. He became a naturalized British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname Mountbatten. He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947.

Just before the wedding, he was granted the style His Royal Highness and created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by the King. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was made a British prince in 1957. Prince Philip had four children with Queen Elizabeth II. Charles, Prince of Wales Anne, Princess Royal Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Photo by The Duchess of Cambridge

A sports enthusiast, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He was a patron, president or member of over 780 organizations. He served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a self-improvement program for young people aged 14 to 24. He was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the longest-lived male member of the British royal family.

He retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, having completed 22,219 solo engagements and 5,493 speeches since 1952. 

Source: Royal.uk and Wikipedia

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