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Prince Philip: From Exile to Patriarch

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born in Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921 to Princess Alice of Battenberg and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. He was the fifth and last child of Prince Andrew and Princess and the only son they had. Prince Philip was born a member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and was baptized Greek Orthodox.

Prince Philip was just an infant when his family was exiled from Greece. He was often moved around a lot as child, staying with various relatives due to his father’s various military duties and his mother being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Prince Philip was educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In 1928 Philip went to live with his maternal uncle the Marquis of Milford Haven George Mountbatten at Lynden Manor in Bray, Berkshire. Over the next few years his sister all married German nobleman and his mother was put away in an insane asylum, he little contact with his mother for the rest of his childhood.

In 1939 at the age of 18 Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy. Prince Philip had previously met Princess Elizabeth in 1934 and by July of 1939 he began corresponding with the then 13 year old Princess, who fell in love with him after joining her father, King George VI, during a tour of the Royal Naval Collage, which he was attending at the time. During World War II Philip served with the pacific and Mediterranean fleets. It was during this time Prince Philip drifted around, living again with various relatives and having no fixed address.

It was during the summer of 1946 that Prince Philip asked George VI to marry Princess Elizabeth, which the King granted on the condition that any formal engagement announcement be postponed until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday. By March 1947 Prince Philip had abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and converted from Greek Orthodox to the Church of England. He also changed his name to Philip Mountbatten, a surname he adopted from his maternal grandparents, and became a naturalized British citizen.

On July 10, 1947 the engagement of Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth was officially announced. Five months later on November 20, 1947 Philip and Elizabeth where married in Westminster Abby. Upon his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip was created the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke soon returned to his military career. In 1948 Philip and Elizabeth welcomed their first child, Prince Charles, and in 1950 they welcomed their second child, Princess Anne.

On February 6, 1957 King George VI passed away and Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II. Philip left the military soon after Elizabeth became Queen. He had reached the rank of Commander. In 1957 Prince Philip was made a Prince of the United Kingdom and three years later in 1960 Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth welcomed their third child, Prince Andrew, followed four years later by their fourth and last child, Prince Edward.

At 95 years old, Prince Philip is not only the oldest ever male member of the British Royal family but is also the longest serving consort of a reigning British monarch. Together he and Queen Elizabeth have four children, eight grand-children, and five great-grand-children. As well as being one of the busiest members of the royal family Prince Philip patronizes over 800 charities and is the chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award.

  • Nick D.

    King George VI died in 1952, not 1957.

    • Kathe Thomas

      And I know that is true thanks to the Internet. Too bad those that write for it don’t know how to use it!

      • Ricky

        Be nice.

  • Leigh

    He’s not the oldest ever member of the royal family as the Queen Mother was over 100

    • Bob

      Of a reigning Monarch.

    • Penny

      The report says the oldest ever male member, the Queen Mother was female.

    • KIM

      Did you even read the article? It clearly stated the “OLDEST EVER MALE” member of the British Royal family but is also the longest serving consort of a reigning British monarch. SERIOUSLY READ BEFORE YOU COMMENT.

    • Pam

      They wrote “male” member.

  • Garry Jarman

    Very interesting post, but does no one edit these? There are several serious spelling errors.

  • What is the list of male consorts from Elizabeth Tudor (who did not have one) to Prince Phillip and their ages at death?

    • Jane Lewis

      Queen Anne’s husband (don’t know his name) and Prince Albert who died in 1861 (don’t know his age). Mary II’s husband William ruled with her and continued to rule after she died – thus William and Mary.

      • Jane Lewis

        I forgot one man who could not really be considered a consort – Mary I’s husband who was also the King of Spain. I don’t know if Queen Matilda had a living husband.

      • Jane Lewis

        I forgot one man who could not really be considered a consort – Mary I’s husband who was also the King of Spain. I don’t know if Queen Matilda had a living husband.

      • Jane Lewis

        I forgot one man who could not really be considered a consort – Mary I’s husband who was also the King of Spain. I don’t know if Queen Matilda had a living husband.

      • Jane Lewis

        I forgot one man who could not really be considered a consort – Mary I’s husband who was also the King of Spain. I don’t know if Queen Matilda had a living husband.

  • Pam

    Very bad English grammar and spelling errors. Use Spellcheck! Post is interesting though.

    • Royal Bloodline Descent

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  • a French Chef

    What a remarkable man. Thank you.

  • Jayne

    Who the hell wrote this King George VI passed away in 1952 NOT 1957 …need to get your facts correct …..

  • John_Twiss

    King George the VI died on February 6th, 1952 and not as the article incorrectly states 1957. By 1957 the Queen had already ascended to the throne for 5 years.

  • Mr. Christian

    I must comment as one of the by the maternal side a holder Surities and a devout Christian. Saint Paul as “an ambassador in chains,” made clear that he who changes the Word of God–as does the Alliance of Religion does the gospel–not just the Bible is “accursed.” Was the Duke of Edinburghs’ conversion to the Church of England with all his Heart and Mind and very Soul true to the Word? Also in Romans Saint Paul speaks again for all to know that the “New Testament” speaks out “boldly” about those men who know women wrong and have a passion for men as well. These are my truthful thoughts, that I must bring to “the light,” that shines brightly upon the “darkness” in some men’s Souls. I have pondered years upon the question of the Prince Consort; and, do not address this lightly.

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