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, later Philip Mountbatten; 10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021), was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. As such, he served as the consort of the British monarch from Elizabeth's accession as queen on 6 February 1952 until his death in 2021, making him the longest-serving royal consort in history. Philip was born in Greece, into the Greek and Danish royal families; his family was exiled from the country when he was eighteen months old. After being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the Royal Navy in 1939, when he was 18 years old. In July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, the elder daughter and heir presumptive 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. In the summer of 1946, the King granted Philip permission to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, Philip relinquished his Greek and Danish royal titles and styles, became a naturalised British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents' surname Mountbatten. He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. The day prior to their wedding, the King granted Philip the style His Royal Highness. On the day of their wedding, he was additionally created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth ascended the throne in 1952, having reached the rank of commander. In 1957, he was created a British prince. Philip had four children with Elizabeth: Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward. In 1960, the Queen issued a British Order in Council, which declared that her and Philip's descendants who do not bear royal titles or styles may use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, which has since also been used by titled members. A sports enthusiast, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He was a patron, president, or member of over 780 organisations, including the World Wide Fund for Nature, and served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a youth awards program for people aged 14 to 24. Philip is 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 from 1952. Philip died in April 2021 at Windsor Castle, at the age of 99.

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Commemorated on 15 plaques

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)

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh unveiled this plaque to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the launch of international high speed rail services between the UK and continental Europe.

Pancras Road, London, United Kingdom where they was

Prince Philip Riverside Walkway The Riverside Walk is dedicated to the memory of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, & is in recognition of his service to The Crown, the people of the United Kingdom & the Commonwealth of nations.

Esplanade, Knott End, United Kingdom where they was and was

PRINCE PHILIP Duke of Edinburgh was born here 1921-2021

Mon Repos, Dairpfela 16, Corfu, Greece where they was born (1921)