On What Would Have Been His 100th Birthday, We Look Back at Prince Philip’s Remarkable Life in Pictures

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A painting of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is photographed in the year of his retirement from public engagements set in The Grand Corridor at Windsor Castle with him depicted wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest-ranking honour in 2017 in England. Photo: Ralph Heimans/Buckingham Palace/PA Wire via Getty Images

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, late husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in British history, would have turned 100 on Thursday. He died peacefully at Windsor Castle on April 9.

The Queen will reportedly mark the occasion quietly and may attend a private service. Meanwhile, public tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh are planned for this summer, with special displays at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The Royal Collection Trust, which looks after the Royal Family’s private art collection, has said the exhibit “Prince Philip: A Celebration” will commemorate his long service to the monarch with 150 objects from various periods of his life.

Of note, a display at Windsor Castle will showcase the red and white robe and coronet Prince Philip wore to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, as well as his chair of state, which normally is located in the Buckingham Palace Throne Room. The Palace of Holyroodhouse will feature items from the royal archives, including the invitation, order of service and wedding breakfast menu from the Queen and Philip’s nuptials in 1947.

The exhibit will also include a First Nations feather headdress with HRH stitched across the front. The gift was presented to the duke by Jim Shot Both Sides, Head Chief of the Blood Reserve during a 1973 visit to Canada.

Other displays will focus on his early life and naval career as well as his wide-ranging patronages and associations, including conservation and the environment, art and sport, and encouraging younger generations — as well, of course, as Prince Philip’s long support to the sovereign both at home and abroad.

Also,  the Palace said that last week the Queen had been presented  with a Duke of Edinburgh Rose – a new pink commemorative rose created by British rose breeder Harkness Roses  – in his memory. The rose, gifted by the Royal Horticultural Society of which Her Majesty is patron, is planted in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle.

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Visit our gallery (above) for a look at the iconic moments in Prince Philip’s extraordinary life

 

A Royal Romance

 

Philip was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Famously born on a dining room table at the family’s 19th century neoclassical villa on Corfu, Philip was only 18 months old when he and his family were forced into exile following a military coup.

It was after they eventually settled in Britain that he would, of course, meet his distant cousin and future wife, the young Princess Elizabeth, catching her eye when she was just 13 years old. As the royal love story goes, she was instantly smitten with the dashing prince and told her father, King George VI, that she could love no other man but him. The couple went on to marry on Nov. 20, 1947, when he was 26 and she was 21.

During Philip’s lifetime, which spanned nearly a century, he served during the Second World War on a Royal Navy battleship, becoming one of their youngest first lieutenants. In fact, he was stationed in Tokyo Bay as the Japanese surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945. As consort, he supported the Queen’s work in countless tours and engagements around the world and, over the course of his career, had been associated with nearly 1,000 charities. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a youth awards programme he founded in 1956, has since expanded to 144 nations, including Canada.

Despite his hectic roster of royal duties, he made time for his other passions, including sports, becoming a master of polo, carriage driving and sailing, among others. A long patron of the arts, he also enjoyed oil painting, creating many portraits and landscapes, some of which are held in the Royal Collection Trust.

A champion of the environment and conservation — long before it became fashionable — he helped to found the World Wide Fund for Nature in 1961.

The duke, who was known for his common touch, also played a key role helping to modernize the monarchy in keeping with a changing world following the Second World War, as well as serving as Her Majesty’s most outspoken and trusted advisor.

“He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” Elizabeth said in a rare personal tribute to Philip in a speech marking their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997.

“I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

In addition to his royal service, Philip was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In fact, at the time of his death, he had 10 great-grandchildren — with another on the way.

 

Visit our gallery (above) for a look at the iconic moments in Prince Philip’s extraordinary life

 

 

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