Birthday: June 10, 1921
Date of death: April 09, 2021
Place of birth: Corfu, Greece
Birth Name: Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
Father: Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Mother: Princess Alice von Battenberg
Marriage: Queen Elizabeth II (November 20, 1947 – April 9, 2021, his death)
Children: Edward, Earl of Wessex (March 10, 1964); Andrew, Duke of York (February 19, 1960); Anne, Princess Royal (September 15, 1950); Charles, Prince of Wales (November 14, 1948)
Military: British Royal Navy, 1939-1953
Full title: HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Order of Service , Privy Councilor.
His ancestry is not bloody Greek, but English, Russian, German / Prussian and Danish.
The youngest of five children and the only son.
A third cousin of his wife, the Queen, and like her a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
His interests were painting, environmental protection, horses, flying and sailing. He has written books on birds, the environment, horse-drawn carriage and other topics.
After purchasing his RAF wings in 1953, Philip logged more than 5,900 hours in 59 different types of aircraft over the next 44 years.
1922 – The fall of his brother, King Constantine I of Greece, causes Prince Andrew, Princess Alice and their five children to leave Greece and settle in Paris.
1930 – After his parents separated in 1930, Philip was sent to England and raised there by his grandmother and maternal uncle.
1940 – Serves as a midshipman, his first posting, on the HMS Ramillies of the Mediterranean fleet.
1942 – Becomes a second lieutenant in the British Royal Navy.
July 1942 – Promoted to lieutenant and executive officer aboard HMS Wallace, a destroyer, and took part in the Allied landings in Sicily during World War II.
February 1947 – Becomes a naturalized British citizen and citizen by the surname Mountbatten, an English translation of his mother’s maiden name. Before taking the British oath of citizenship and standing on the sixth throne of Greece, he renounces all title claims in both Greece and Denmark.
July 10, 1947 – King George VI and Queen Elizabeth announce Elizabeth’s engagement to Philip.
November 19, 1947 – Is invested as a Knight of the Order of the Garter and receives the titles Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
November 20, 1947 – Marries Princess Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey. His name changes from Lt. Philip Mountbatten to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
1948 – Appointed as personal adjutant to his father-in-law, King George VI.
1950 – Is promoted to first lieutenant.
June 1952 – Promoted to commander, but his sea career ends with the death of King George VI. And his wife’s ascent to the throne on February 6th.
1953 – Appointed Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Royal Air Force. Is designated as regent by an act of parliament. In the event of the Queen’s death or incapacity to act, Philip would rule as regent for Prince Charles.
1956 – Launches the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which rewards children for achievements in personal development and community engagement.
1956-1970 – Serves as President of the Royal Yachting Association.
1957 – The Queen’s decree “grants the style and title of Prince of the United Kingdom”. He is invested as Grand Master and First or Principal Knight of the Order of the British Empire. This decree restores his birth title as a prince.
1961-1981 – First President of the World Wildlife Fund – UK.
1964-1986 – President of the International Equestrian Federation.
June 1968 – – Honored by the Queen with the Order of Merit, an honor bestowed on those who achieve “great achievements in the arts, learning, literature and science” and is limited to 24 members.
1975-1980 – – Serves second time as President of the Royal Yachting Association.
1981-1996 – – Serves as President of the World Wildlife Fund International.
Since 1996 – Emeritus President of the World Wildlife Fund.
April 9, 2005 – Philip and the Queen are the only high-ranking members of the royal family not attending Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles’ civil wedding. You attend the dedication service.
November 10, 2005 – His 58th wedding anniversary makes him the longest-serving British husband and outlives King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte.
October 23, 2006 – Inspects British forces in southern Iraq.
May 3 to 8, 2007 – Philip and the Queen are visiting the United States for the 400th anniversary of the first British settlement in America at Jamestown in 1607. They attend the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and a state dinner at the White House on May 7.
April 1, 2009 – US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama meet with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
June 10, 2011 – His 90th birthday makes him the eldest royal husband.
December 23-27, 2011 – – Treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital.
June 4th to 9th, 2012 – Admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London with a bladder infection. He missed part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Queen on the throne.
August 15-20, 2012 – Treated for a cystitis at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
June 7th to 17th, 2013 – If a patient is admitted to the London clinic with abdominal pain, he will undergo exploratory surgery the following day and will be released after he has recovered.
January 26, 2015 – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott bestows that nation’s highest honor on Philip, Knight of the Order of Australia, for his life throughout the Queen’s reign.
May 4, 2017 – Buckingham Palace announces that Philip will be retiring from public life after August 2017.
August 2, 2017 – Takes part in a Royal Marines parade at Buckingham Palace and makes the last of his thousands of public appearances before retiring from public life.
April 3, 2018 – Philip is admitted to a London hospital to undergo scheduled surgery on his hip.
January 17, 2019 – Is involved in a traffic accident when his car collides with another vehicle that is carrying two women, ages 28 and 45, and a nine-month-old boy. In a statement the following day, a spokesman said the Duke of Edinburgh had, on the doctor’s advice, carried out a “health screening” which confirmed Philip “had no serious injuries”. It is later announced that he will not be charged with the accident.
February 9, 2019 – Buckingham Palace announces that Philip surrendered his driver’s license following his January traffic accident in which a driver was injured.
December 20, 2019 – According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, Philip is being hospitalized for a “pre-existing” condition. He leaves the hospital on December 24th.
April 20, 2020 – Philip makes a rare public statement thanking those who are working across the UK to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
February 16, 2021 – According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, Philip is being rushed to a London hospital after feeling unwell. On March 3, he is undergoing medical intervention for a heart condition.
March 16, 2021 – Philip leaves King Edward VII’s hospital where he has recovered and is returning to Windsor Castle, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.
April 9, 2021 – Dies at the age of 99.