Celebrating Prince Philip On His 96th Birthday

Laura Grande | June 10th, 2017

This week (June 10, 2017), Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, turned 96, making him the oldest-ever male member of the British Royal Family.

However, he hasn’t let age slow him down: Up until his recent retirement from official royal duties earlier this year, the prince carried out more public engagements than Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge—combined!

Born in Corfu in 1921, Philip was a member of both Greek and Danish royal families. When his family was exiled from Greece while still an infant, Philip joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 at the age of 18. That same year, he started a correspondence with the then 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth. It wasn’t until after the war, however, that Philip was granted permission from King George VI to ask for Elizabeth’s hand in marriage. They married on November 20, 1947.

Four children, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren later and patron of more than 800 organizations, Prince Philip has endeared himself to the public and made a name for himself outside that of “the Queen’s husband.” But he readily admits that he always knows where his priorities lie.

As he once told reporters: “My job first, second and last is never to let the Queen down.”

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Prince Philip Retires From Official Royal Duties

According to a statement provided by Buckingham Palace, the Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out public engagements as of this autumn [2017], although the queen’s role will remain the same. The prince will still attend previously scheduled events but will no longer accept new invitations after the conclusion of his final public engagement at the end of August.

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Prince Philip: A Man of (Many) Letters

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, is the Commonwealth realm’s longest-serving consort and the oldest-ever spouse of a reigning British monarch. He’s also patron of more than 800 organizations! But, perhaps, even more impressively, he has one of the longest strings of letters after his name that you are ever likely to see.

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The Royal Secrets to Longevity

Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 91st year—and the 64th anniversary of her reign—making her the longest-reigning UK monarch. Here, some of the factors that are quite possibly the reasons she continues to enjoy good health. Adopt them to improve your chances for longevity.

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How Queen Elizabeth Met Her Husband Prince Philip

The Queen first met Prince Philip when she was 13 years old.

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Canada Welcomes Prince Philip For A Short Visit

Back in 2013, the Duke of Edinburgh, was in Toronto for a “private working visit”—sans his wife, the Queen!—to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York.

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