Philip Mountbatten OM

Prince of Greece and Denmark (until 1947), Duke of Edinburgh (1947-2021), Prince (1957-2021), and Order of Merit recipient (from 1968)

Died aged 99

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark; 10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021), was a member of the British royal family as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Philip was born in Greece, into the Greek and Danish royal families, but his family was exiled from the country when he was eighteen months old. After being educated in France, Germany and the UK, he joined the Royal Navy in 1939, aged 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the thirteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth, the daughter and heir of King George VI. Philip had first met her in 1934. During the Second World War he served with distinction in the British Mediterranean and Pacific fleets. After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and styles, became a naturalised British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents' surname Mountbatten. He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, the King granted Philip the style His Royal Highness and created him Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was made a British prince in 1957. Philip had four children with Elizabeth: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Through a British Order in Council issued in 1960, descendants of Philip and Elizabeth not bearing royal styles and titles can use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which has also been used by some members of the royal family who hold titles, such as Anne, Andrew and Edward. A sports enthusiast, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He was a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations, and served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a self-improvement program for young people aged 14 to 24. He was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the longest-lived male member of the British royal family. He retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, having completed 22,219 solo engagements and 5,493 speeches since 1952. Philip died on 9 April 2021, two months before his 100th birthday.

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This Plaque commemorates the visit of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to Old Portsmouth on 11 July 1980

Broad Street, Portsmouth, United Kingdom where they visited (1980)

The Shakespeare Centre Opened by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare 1564-1616 with the help of contributions from the lovers of many nations opened on 22 April 1964 by the Hon. Eugene R. Black of the American 1964 Shakespeare Committee. Visited by his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. on the poet's birthday 23 April 1964 Laurence Williams Architect

The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom where they was

Dedicated to the memory of Barry Sheene MBE. A supporter and friend of Oliver's Mount throughout his racing career. Unveiled by HRH Duke of Edinburgh KG KT 21 September 2003

Olivers Mount Racing Circuit, Weaponness Lane, Scarborough, United Kingdom where they was

Scarborough Open Air Theatre opened by H.M. The Queen accompanied by H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh on 20th May 2010.

Open Air Theatre, Northstead Manor Gardens, Scarborough, United Kingdom where they was

This statue of Robin Hood with its complementary plaques was presented to the City of Nottingham by Philip E.F. Clay Esq to commemorate the visit of the Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh on the 28th June 1949 during the city's quincentenary celebrations

Nottingham Castle - Outer Bailey Wall - Castle Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they visited (1949)


St Pancras Station, London, United Kingdom where they was

Scottish Central Library. This building was erected in 1699 by Thomas Fisher, First Chamberlain of Edinburgh, and after restoration and internal reconstitution by the Carnegie United Kingdom trust, was opened as the Scottish Central Library by H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, on 5th November 1953.

National Library of Scotland, 312-320 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, United Kingdom where they was

To commemorate the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to Stafford on 31st March 2006 to mark the 800th anniversary of Stafford's Royal Charter granted by King John in 1206

Shire Hall Gallery, Market Square, Stafford, United Kingdom where they was

Cyngor Tref Llandudno. I ddathlu'r ymweliad brenhinol a Llandudno gan E.M. y franhines Elizabeth II a'i U.B. dug caeredin ddydd Mercher, Mehefin 22 ain 1977.

English translation: Llandudno Town Council. To celebrate the royal visit and Llandudno by EM, the Queen Elizabeth II and his UB Duke of Edinburgh on Wednesday, June 22nd, 1977. [Google Translate]

Lloyd Street, Llandudno, United Kingdom where they visited (1977)

Royal Visit to Anglesey 9th August 1958 This plaque expresses the pride of the people of Holyhead at the fact that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and H.R.H. Princess Anne Came ashore here on the 9th August 1958 and that this was the first visit by Prince Charles to the Principality after his creation as Prince of Wales

Newry Beach, Holyhead, United Kingdom where they visited (1958)

Queen's Drive Was so named to commemorate the visit to the borough on the 23rd April 1957 of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H. The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

Queen's Drive - Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge, United Kingdom where they visited (1957)

Erected by St. Davids Community Council to commemorate the 800th anniversary of St. Davids Cathedral 1181-1981 the visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales 28th October 1981 and the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip to distribute the Royal Maundy at St. Davids Cathedral on Thursday 8th April 1982.

28B High Street, St. Davids, United Kingdom where they visited (1982)