Let’s talk about Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, formerly Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.

He was born in Corfu on 10th June  1921 and he died in Windsor, April 9, 2021.

Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II from 20 November 1947 and had four children: Carlo, Anna, Andrea and Edoardo.

Born prince of Greece, nephew of the king of Greece Constantine I (house of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, the same of Denmark, which had given the second ruler to Greece in the nineteenth century, George I), before the marriage he renounced his Greek titles, was accepted into the Church of England and adopted the surname Mountbatten.  The day after his marriage he received the treatment of “Royal Highness” from King George VI and the following day the titles of Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Queen Elizabeth II made him Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

As the queen’s consort, he joined the queen on her official travels in the Commonwealth and around the world, frequently appearing in the public eye. She was the longest-lived spouse of a British monarch, with 73 years and 71 days of marriage, surpassing even Queen consort Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III on 19 April 2009.

In addition to his royal attributes, Philip was also a noted sportsman and patron of a number of organizations (780 in all), including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, an award dedicated to him; he was also head of the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh as chancellor. Since his visit to Antarctica in 1956, he has been committed to raising public awareness on the relationship between man and the environment, a subject on which he has also published some writings.

He retired from official posts on August 2, 2017, at the age of 96, after completing 22,219 personal assignments and giving 5493 speeches since 1952.

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