At the age of 96, the Duke of Edinburgh and the General of the Royal Marines., Prince Phillip officially took a bow from public life on Wednesday. He sealed his retirement by participating in the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge.
The event which took place in Buckingham Palace’s forecourt marks the year the Royal Marines were founded.
Earlier in May, the Duke announced his retirement. The royalty has carried out a commendable 22,219 solo engagements since 1952; with a recorded 5, 496 speeches.
While he is signing out of featuring in public royal duties, Prince Phillip may attend some events with the Queen.
In 1956, Prince Phillip founded the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The award was carved out to honor young people who successfully complete a series of self-improvement exercises. About 4 million people have participated in the awards.
The retired general is an enthusiast when it comes to environment, industry, sport, and education.
1. Born To A Royal Family
Prince Phillip was born on June 10, 1921 to a Royal family. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg.
Prince Phillip is multi-racial, though not from Greece by blood. He has English, Russian, German/Prussian and Danish descent. He was the only son and the youngest of 5 children.
As a child his family were exiled from Greece after the overthrow of his Uncle King Constantine I of Greece.
2. Bears The Surname Of His Maternal Family.
After the exile, the family moved to Paris. In time his parents separated. Prince Phillip then moved to Britain to stay with his maternal Uncle.
Prince Philip later renounced his royal title as a Prince of Greece and Denmark. This made him a British subject. He adopted the surname of his uncle Louis Mountbatten.
Under the counsel of Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother and Winston Churchill, the then prime minister, Prince Phillip’s matrimonial family would take up the surname of the British royal family, House of Windsor.
This hurt the young man who was to marry princess Elizabeth. He said:
“I am nothing but a bloody amoeba. I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children.”
Few years later the Queen amended the family name to Mountbatten-Windsor.
3. The Queen’s Consort
As the Queen’s consort, Prince Phillip was very supportive. His marriage to the Queen is the longest of any British sovereign. He is the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family.
Many have described him as the silent powerhouse of the throne.
Gyles Brandreth, a royal Biographer:
“If we regard the Queen’s record-breaking reign as a success- and I think most of us do- Prince Philip is the co-author of that success. The Queen wears the crown, but her husband wears the trousers. He is the power behind the throne – shrewd, steadfast, never-failingly supportive.”
During her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Queen described her spouse as her “constant strength and guide”. Together they have 4 children.
4. He Used To Be An Active Soldier
At the age of 18, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939. It was not till Princess Elizabeth became succeeded her father in 1952 that the war veteran quit an active military service.
Prince Phillip got to the rank of commander. He served with the Mediterranean and the Pacific fleets during the Second world war.
Before his marriage to the Queen, he was made the Baron Greenwich, Earl of Merioneth and Duke of Edinburgh.
In 1957, he became a British prince.
5. 3rd Cousin To The Queen
Being a descendant of Queen Victoria, Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth are 3rd cousins.
They both met in 1939 when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Phillip was asked to escort his distant cousins- Elizabeth and Margaret. From there the couple fell in love and started exchanging letters.
Prince Philip is the oldest living great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.
6. He Is No Romantic
Prince Phillip has described himself as an unfeeling pragmatist who still knows his way around the Queen’s heart.
7. Prince Phillip’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the nonagenarian is worth $30 million. Prince Philip receives a Parliamentary annuity of £359,000 since 1990.