HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh was born on 10 June 1921. He was born in Corfu as Prince of Greece and Denmark. He became the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 shortly before he married Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Elizabeth at the time.
Prince Philip was the only son born to Prince Andrew of Greece and his paternal family is Danish as Prince Andrew was the grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenburg, Alice was the eldest child of Prince Louis of Battenberg and a sister to Earl Mountbatten of Burma. In 1868 Prince Louis became a naturalised British subject and rose to become an Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy in 1914.
A Change to Mountbatten
Becoming the Duke of Edinburgh & Marriage
The engagement of Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to Princess Elizabeth was announced in July 1947. Shortly before the wedding, Prince Philip was created Duke of Edinburgh with the additional titles of Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, he also became a HRH and was appointed a Knight of the Garter by Elizabeth's father, King George VI.
The wedding took place in Westminster Abbey on 20 November with great post-war street celebrations in London and across the country. You can view the footage below.
Prince Louis married one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters. Therefore, The Queen and Prince Philip both have Queen Victoria as a great-great-grandmother. They are also related through his father's side. His paternal grandfather, King George I of Greece, was Queen Alexandra's brother.
The Queen and Prince Philip went on to have four children. Prince Charles and Princess Anne were born before the coronation and Prince Andrew and Prince Edward after Princess Elizabeth had become Queen.
The Duke of Edinburgh is patron or president of over 800 organisations. Prince Philip has a keen interest in industry and the environment and accompanies the Queen on state visits at home, the Commonwealth and wider overseas.
In 1956 The Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched.
Initially it was aimed at supporting boys between 14-18 to bridge the gap between leaving school and national service.
Since its inception the award has gone from strength to strength and is now operating in over 140.
With the Prince now into his nineties he continues to be heavily involved in the scheme and awards ceremonies.