Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Prince Philip in March 2015

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT OM GBE AC QSO PC[1] (Philip Mountbatten; born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, 10 June 1921) is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Philip was born in Corfu. He was originally a royal prince of Greece and Denmark.

After he changed his nationality, he became known as Philip Mountbatten. His cousin was Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

On 19 November 1947, he was made a Knight of the Garter,[2] and given the style of "Royal Highness".[3] On 20 November 1947 he married Princess Elizabeth, the heiress presumptive to King George VI, he became the Duke of Edinburgh.[3] He was made a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

Prince Philip was on active service in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War. At the end of the war he was on the destroyer HMS Whelp in the Pacific, and was in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2nd September 1945.[4] He was the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television, in May 1961.[4] He has traveled with the Queen on all 251 of her royal trips.[4]

The Queen and Prince Philip have four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The couple have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

On 4 May 2017, after rumors that he had died after an emergency meeting in Buckingham Palace was leaked to the press[5] the Palace announced that Prince Phillip will be retiring from royal duties and visits near the end of 2017.[6] Prince Philip is the patriarch of the British Royal family. He is the longest serving royal consort in the United Kingdom. He is also the Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.

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  1. Styles and titles, from
  2. Members of the Order of the Garter
  3. 3.0 3.1 "London Gazette, Friday 21 November 1947".
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "50 Facts about The Duke of Edinburgh". Royal.Gov.Uk. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  6. "Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements". BBC News. 4 May 2017.