Facts about Prince Philip
Prince Philip Biography
Prince Philip was the official consort to Queen Elizabeth II, from her ascension to throne in 1952 until his death in 2021. His 69 years in the role made him the longest-serving royal consort in British history.
Born into the royal family of Greece, Philip Mountbatten served in the British Royal Navy during world War II, making a name for himself as a fast-rising young officer. After the war he became engaged to Princess Elizabeth and they were married on November 20, 1947. (He was created Duke of Edinburgh and his official title, by the queen’s decree, was The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.)
Beyond his many royal duties as the queen’s companion, Prince Philip became known as a keen outdoorsman and conservationist; in 1961 he co-founded and became the first president of the World Wildlife Fund. An avid sportsman, he passed his love of polo on to his son Prince Charles. Over the years, The Duke of Edinburgh also developed a reputation for blunt and impolitic public quips, such as his 1966 comment that “British women can’t cook.”
After years standing beside the Queen at public ceremonies, Prince Philip finally retired from public life in 2017. He died in 2021, about two months before his 100th birthday. The cause of death was unspecified, but the Royal Family indicated that it was not related to Covid-19. Philip was interred in the Royal Vault beneath Saint George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had four children: Charles (b. 1948), Anne (b. 1950), Andrew (b. 1960) and Edward (b. 1964); as the eldest, Prince Charles became the heir to the throne.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle” was how the Royal Family officially announced Prince Philip’s death on April 9, 2021… Prince Philip was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece; he later adopted the family name of Mountbatten from his mother’s side… Both Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth were great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria; Philip was descended from Victoria through his mother’s side of the family… Like Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, Philip served for a time as the Chancellor of Cambridge University… Prince Philip was played by James Cromwell in the 2006 movie The Queen; Helen Mirren played Elizabeth II.