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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