• Mon, Nov 10 2008

Who is Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh?

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Prince_Philip_wikipediaFull Name: Philip Mountbatten, born Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark

Birthday and birthplace: June 10, 1921, on the island of Corfu

Royal House:  The British Royal Family

Parents: Prince Andrew of Greece (1882-1944) and Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885-1969)

Siblings: Princess Margarita (1905-1981); Princess Theodora (1906-1969); Princess Cecile (1911-1937); and Princess Sophie (1914-2001)

Spouse: Queen Elizabeth II (wedding day: November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey)

Children: Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (b. 1948); Princess Anne, The Princess Royal (b. 1950); Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (b. 1960); and Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex (b. 1964)

Grandchildren: Peter Phillips (b. 1977) and Zara Phillips (b. 1981); Prince William of Wales (b. 1982) and Prince Henry of Wales (b. 1984); Princess Beatrice of York (b. 1988) and Princess Eugenie of York (b. 1990); and The Lady Louise Windsor (b. 2003) and Viscount Severn (b. 2007)

Career: Before his marriage to then Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip trained and served in the Royal Navy. He attained the rank of Commander in 1952. He withdrew from his naval career upon Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne. Though he has no official role as the Queen’s Consort, he has supported the Queen in her royal duties, and fulfills numerous royal engagements on his own. He established The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956 as a program for the personal development of young people.

Special Interests: horses and carriage-driving; polo, flying and sailing; contemporary art and cartoons; oil painting; bird-watching

Other Notes: Prince Philip is a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, but  renounced his title when he acquired British citizenship in 1947. He then adopted his family’s name of Mountbatten.

source: The Official Website of the British Monarchy; image: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

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