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A look at Prince Philip, the queen's most loyal subject

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 1957 file photo President Dwight Eisenhower and first lady Mamie are flanked by their royal guests, Britain's Queen Elizabeth ...
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011 file photo President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince...
FILE - In this 1930 file photo Prince Philip of Greece, now the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, poses in Greek costume, at an un...
FILE - In this Thursday, March 30, 2017 file photo Britain's Prince Philip, in his capacity of Colonel, Grenadier Guards, chats to Sergeants from 1st ...
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 9, 2002 file photo members of Britain's Royal family follow the coffin of the Queen Mother , en route to her funeral in ...
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 9, 2012 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Prince Philip in the House of Lords as she waits to read th...
FILE - In this Aug. 1951 file photo then Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Ch...
FILE - In this June 20, 1959 file photo Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are pictured in Schefferville, as they listen to explanation on workings ...
FILE - This is a June. 2, 1953 file photo of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they wave to supporters from the ba...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 1957 file photo President Dwight Eisenhower and first lady Mamie are flanked by their royal guests, Britain's Queen Elizabeth ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011 file photo President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince...

FILE - In this 1930 file photo Prince Philip of Greece, now the Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, poses in Greek costume, at an un...

FILE - In this Thursday, March 30, 2017 file photo Britain's Prince Philip, in his capacity of Colonel, Grenadier Guards, chats to Sergeants from 1st ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 9, 2002 file photo members of Britain's Royal family follow the coffin of the Queen Mother , en route to her funeral in ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 9, 2012 file photo Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Prince Philip in the House of Lords as she waits to read th...

FILE - In this Aug. 1951 file photo then Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Ch...

FILE - In this June 20, 1959 file photo Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are pictured in Schefferville, as they listen to explanation on workings ...

FILE - This is a June. 2, 1953 file photo of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they wave to supporters from the ba...

LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's consort, has decided to no longer handle solo public engagements. Here's a brief look at the monarch's most loyal subject as he begins retirement.

FLEEING THE COUP IN GREECE

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on Corfu on June 10, 1921, to Princess Alice of Battenburg and Prince Andrew of Greece. When his uncle, King Constantine, was forced to abdicate in 1922, 18-month old Philip was evacuated on a Royal Navy ship — carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box. The family first settled in France, but his mother began to suffer mental health issues. At age 8, he traveled to England to live with his grandmother and uncle.

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ROYAL NAVY CAREER

Philip began his naval career at the Britannia Royal Naval College in 1939, and had a promising career. He joined the battleship HMS Ramillies in 1940. He later served on the HMS Valiant and is mentioned in dispatches for actions in the Battle of Matapan after spotting an unexpected enemy vessel. He rose through the ranks to be a commander.

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SPOTTED BY COUSIN ELIZABETH

Philip first caught the attention of his 13-year-old cousin Elizabeth when she visited the naval college with her family. In 1943, Philip stayed with royal family a number of times during home leave. After one visit at Christmas, Princess Elizabeth placed photo of him on her dressing table.

Two years after the war ended, they married in 1947 at Westminster Abbey. Philip's naval career came to an abrupt end with the death of his father-in-law, King George VI, in 1952, and he settled into a life supporting his wife as queen.

They have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

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INTERESTS FAR AND WIDE

The Duke of Edinburgh has long championed environmental and conservation issues, and has interests in science, engineering and industry. He was an accomplished sportsman and has been a patron, president or a member of more than 780 organizations.

An accomplished sportsman, Philip played polo regularly until 1971. He earned his RAF wings in 1953, his helicopter wings in 1956 and his private pilot's license in 1959.

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THERE HE GOES AGAIN

Prince Philip is known for the colorful comments that have accompanied his many royal engagements. He has been described as a "national treasure" for his inability to resist off-the-cuff remarks and as referred to himself as the "world's most experienced plaque-unveiler." On one visit to Canada, he said "I declare this thing open, whatever it is."


Updated : 2021-01-19 11:32 GMT+08:00