Everything there is to know about Prince Philip




Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met his future wife when he was only 18 years old. Today, he now has a relationship totaling 70 years to Queen Elizabeth II. Throughout her reign, Prince Philip has been there by the Queen’s side, with many wondering as to why he continues to remain a prince when of course his wife is the Queen of England. Although now Prince Phillip keeps a low profile, heavily due to his age there are some skeletons in his closet you may not have expected.

The Queens funny nickname


Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have been married for an outstanding 70 years. Dame Helen Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II in the movie The Queen and it is here that we find out Prince Philip’s adorably odd nickname.
Everything there is to know about Prince Philip

Filmmaker Peter Morgan said, “I inquired in royal circles and was told on very good authority that that is what the Duke sometimes calls the Queen.” In the movie, Prince Philip can be heard calling his wife “Cabbage”!

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Family Feud


Prince Philip actively served in the Royal Navy from 1939 until 1952. He graduated from the Royal Navy College in Dartmouth were at just 21 years old he became the first lieutenant of HMS Wallace. During the invasion of Sicily in 1943, Prince Philip saved his ship from attack.
Family Feud

Not long after he joined the Navy, while on a tour in 1939 he met and fell in love with Elizabeth. Shockingly, when serving in World War II with the British forces, his two brothers-in-law (who were married to his older sisters) were on the opposing German side!

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The Church of Phil


Prince Philip is worshipped as a god by a sect of people on the island of Tana, Vanuatu. When knowledge of the “Prince Philip Movement” was brought to the consort himself, it was suggested he send them a signed portrait.
The Church of Phil

Philip agreed, and the grateful villagers sent him a pig-killing club in return. He sent them another portrait back, featuring the consort himself posing with the club.
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Philip and Elizabeth Are Cousins


Perhaps shocking to some, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II are actually cousins! This isn’t an uncommon thing for the Royal family with the previous Queen Victoria marrying her cousin, known to us as Prince Albert. Its a common thing for the royal family to turn to cousins when it comes to marriage as they like to stay within the same class title.
Philip and Elizabeth Are Cousins

They are related as third cousins through Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Through another royal connection, they are also second cousins (once removed).
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The longest-lasting couple


Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have had a successful marriage of 70 years, and are in fact the longest-lasting married couple of any British ruler and their consort. Additionally, the married couple have actually been together and in love for longer than that.
The longest-lasting couple

It looks as though the love between Prince Willian and Kate Middleton could go the long haul however they would both need to live to be over 100 years old to catch up.
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Fleeing to Florence


During 1919, when the Turkish war with Greece broke out, Prince Philip’s family were in trouble. He was born into Greek and Danish Royal families. During the war, King Constantine I, who was his Uncle was forced to abdicate the throne.
Fleeing to Florence

Prince Andrew, Philip’s father was then arrested and the family knew they had to flee. Their choice to flee to France meant that their family then became royal exiles. Just being a baby at the time, Philip was smuggled into the country by hiding in a fruit box.
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Official retirement


On 2nd August 2017, Prince Philip retired from his duties after almost 70 years of public service. He had a hefty amount of solo engagements under his belt with a total of 22,219 – his last royal appearance was at the Captain General’s Parade. As time moved on, Price Philip’s retirement came after his 96th birthday.
Official retirement

Prince Philip also additionally attended engagements with Queen Elizabeth II. She is also taking a step back and leaving the appearances to her son and grandsons.
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He identifies as Danish


Growing up Prince Philip spoke fluent English, French, and German. After his family had to flee from Greece, they moved in with Philip’s aunt who lived in Paris – his aunt was Princes George of Greece and Denmark.
He identifies as Danish

It was there that he had a Danish upbringing. Since Philip was just a baby when they left Greece, he didn’t speak Greek. Following his retirement, a portrait of him was painted and on display in Denmark at Frederiksborg castle.
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Thousands of speeches


Prince Philip is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. Even though he is not king himself, and is classed as a Consort, this doesn’t change the way he must represent the Royal family at masses of royal events and public appearances.
Thousands of speeches

Prince Philip has given around 5,496 speeches throughout his time. A big passion of his is looking after the environment and gave many speeches on this as he belongs to 800 organizations involving protecting the environment
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But why isn’t he king?


We know that Prince Philip was born into a royal family and officially wed then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. At this time, he gave up both of his titles on their official wedding day. It wasn’t possible for him to received the title of King or even simply Prince and he was instead named Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
But why isn’t he king?

Here’s why: In the UK, a reigning Queen’s husband is known as a prince consort, regardless of any titles he may hold. As he was a foreigner, he wasn’t able to become a king consort.
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He’s also an author


With his huge love for the environment, Prince Philip has written many books. In between all of his royal duties, several of his works include Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment, and Birds from Britannia.
He’s also an author

In total, he wrote 14 books! Prince Philip took a lot of his inspiration from many of his trips and his work within certain organizations.
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His love for being at sea


Queen Elizabeth II had many things built with a dedication to her attached, with one being the Royal Yacht Britannia that was built in 1952.
His love for being at sea

Following his time in the navy, Prince Philip was the most excited about the new vessel and it wasn’t long until he was making plans on where to take the yacht.
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He thinks he’s a comedian


It’s important as a member of the Royal family that you are careful with how you speak when you are in public. The royal family has to be seen acting a certain way. However, there’s been more than one occasion where what Prince Philip has said, hasn’t gone down too well – at all.
He thinks he’s a comedian

With all eyes watching, the statements weren’t overlooked. In 2002, while visiting Australia, he asked, “Do you still throw spears at each other?” – most people just put his offensive comments down to old age.
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Time with his children


After 30 grueling hours of labour, Queen Elizabeth II gave birth to Prince Charles in 1948. At this time, Prince Philip made no adjustments to his plans and carried on his usual routine and was with friends playing squash and swimming.
Time with his children

Upon finishing in the pool, Prince Philip was told by a footman that his son had indeed been born. With speculation on the relationship between father and son, a friend of the family once said: “When he needed a father, there just wasn’t anybody there.”
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The life as a consort


Unable to have the title of a King, Prince Philip has remained a consort throughout his time as a royal family member – even though he was born into 2 royal families. When a new King or Queen takes rein, the royal house must be given a name.
The life as a consort

Under usual circumstances, a royal home would bear the husband’s name. However, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Queen Mary decided the house would take Elizabeth’s name and was called the House of Windsor.
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A strong relationship


After 70 years, the couple is still in love. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have had a long marriage, and four children. n 2012, while giving a speech at her Diamond Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth II said Philip is her “constant strength and guide.”
A strong relationship

Not to mention the weight of reigning over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. But through it all, the couple has remained strong.
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Prince Philip Quit Smoking On Their Wedding Day


While she wasn’t yet Queen, the people were very fond of Elizabeth and were excited for her to become Queen as she was next in line to the throne. Because of this, Philip and Elizabeth’s wedding was a huge deal.
Prince Philip Quit Smoking On Their Wedding Day

The wedding would now mean that Prince Philip would become a member of the royal family – it was also this day that he decided to make a life-changing decision. As a wedding gift, Prince Philip promised to stop smoking cigarettes.
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Philip’s Mother Was Diagnosed With Schizophrenia


Princess Alice of Battenberg was the mother of Prince Philip and sadly, when he was a young boy she was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Philip’s Mother Was Diagnosed With Schizophrenia

Princess Alice moved to Switzerland when she was committed to a mental health hospital, Philip was just nine years old and following this, he then had little contact with her. His mother believed she was receiving messages from a divine source so was sent away.
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Philip is a great dresser


With all eyes on him and the Queen, Prince Philip has a vast wardrobe over his 70 years of service and after all, when your wife is the Queen, you have to look good.
Philip is a great dresser

From the very beginning, people have gushed over how smart Philip looks and his wardrobe has remained smart and elegant. Even one of the worlds top male magazines, GQ magazine ranked him the 33rd best-dressed man in the UK.
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A skilled carriage rider


Prince Philip opted for a new hobby telling the Daily Mail, “I started driving because I’d been playing polo, and I decided I’d give up polo when I was 50. I was looking round to see what next, I didn’t know what there was available.’ And I suddenly thought, well, we’ve got horses and carriages so why don’t I have a go.”
A skilled carriage rider

After his 50th birthday, Prince Philip started the sport of carriage racing – also crashed an antique carriage (seemingly several times) while racing.
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Love from a young age


In 1939, then Prince Philip of Greece and Princess Elizabeth were playing tennis in Devon, a seaside town in the United Kingdom. It was here that they first met each other on the tennis courts. Elizabeth was just 13 yet fell in love with Philip right away, he was 18 at the time.
Love from a young age

The pair stayed in contact and ‘courted’ and Philip was invited to spend Christmas with the Royal Family at Windsor in 1943. Her father, King George VI, told the couple they had to wait until Elizabeth turned 21 years old to wed.
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German ties after the war


With the excitement of Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth’s wedding, there was some uncertainty of Philips side regarding his family. It wasn’t too long after the war that they were going to get married. Prince Philips sisters were married to two German princes and were in turn, German.
German ties after the war

With the effects of war still rife, neither of his sisters were invited to the wedding. Little money was spent on the wedding as the country still recovered from the war.
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His love for traveling


Prince Philip had a love for traveling and adventure and his life wasn’t short of it. With the duties of royal engagements, Philip’s role matched perfectly with his lust for new places. Whether he was traveling on his own or accompanying Queen Elizabeth on her trips, he visited many places.
His love for traveling

For their honeymoon, the pair took a trip to Scotland staying at the Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire. During the ’50s, the pair traveled a lot visiting Malta, Washington, Niagra, and Kenya. As well as visiting Canada where they met with a group of Native American chiefs.
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Diana Causing A Rift


When it became clear that Diana had given interviews for Andrew Morton’s infamous biography, which exposed the misery of her marriage in searing detail, Philip was incensed.
Diana Causing A Rift

As always, Philip articulated his views forcefully and accused the Queen of ‘procrastinating’ on the question of whether Charles and Diana should divorce.
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Marital Woes


Prince Philip, for his part, decided to wade in. First, he tried to talk to Charles about his marital difficulties and the effect they were having on the royal institution.
Marital Woes

Philip then asked his wife to bring her considerable authority to bear on an increasingly senseless situation, but she refused to intervene. He also tried reaching out to his unhappy daughter-in-law by writing her dozens of letters.
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Grandfatherly Advice


Amidst the royal family’s polarizing response to Diana’s death in 1997, it was Philip who convinced her sons to walk behind her coffin. When Princes William and Harry were apprehensive, Philip reportedly told his eldest grandson, “If you don’t walk, I think you’ll regret it later.
Grandfatherly Advice

If I walk, will you walk with me?” At the funeral, Philip, William, Harry, Charles, and Diana’s brother followed the bier.
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Prince Philip the artist


The Duke of Edinburgh has always been known for his love of fine art yet little do most people know, he is indeed an artist himself. In 1965, he painted a picture of the Queen, in her natural state which is named The Queen at Breakfast, Windsor Castle – the painting sits within his private collection.
Prince Philip the artist

The pictures show’s us an intimate glimpse into the Queen’s life which is a big difference from the usual paintings of her poised in royal form. In 2010, some of Philip’s work was printed in a book.