PRINCE PHILIP: the baobab of British monarchy bows after 100 years of humanity

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On Friday, April 9, 2021, a baobab of royalty in the British monarchy took a final bow.

Prince Philip whom many of us came to meet in the corridors of royalty and whom many had left there, has finally breathed his last.

Even in death, the Duke of Edinburgh was so princely as he quietly and peacefully slept off to the other world of eternity.

Having clocked 100 years, the late husband of the world’s foremost Queen, Elizabeth, was a witness to all the good, the bad and the ugly of the past and present centuries.

As a husband to one of the most powerful women in the world, Prince Philips was an excellent example of how husbands should conduct themselves in the corridors of power, especially when the spotlight is on their wife.

He retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, aged 96, having completed 22,219 solo engagements and 5,493 speeches since 1952.

The Humanitarian Times is not mourning the Prince, rather celebrate him for his century accomplishments.

Prince Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. According to Wikipedia, Prince Philip was born in Greece, but 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 British Royal Navy in 1939 at aged 18.

From July 1939, he began communicating with the then thirteen-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934.

During the Second World War he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets.

After the war, Philip was granted permission by King George VI to marry Elizabeth.

Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, Prince Philip abandoned his Greek and Danish titles and styles, and became a naturalised British subject, and adopted his maternal grandparents’ surname Mountbatten.

He married Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) on 20 November 1947.

Just before the wedding, Prince Philip was granted the style as His Royal Highness and created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King George VI.

Prince 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.

Prince Philip had four children with Elizabeth: and they are 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 the couple 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 do hold titles, such as Anne, Andrew and Edward.

As a sports enthusiast, Prince Philip helped to develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He was a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations, and he served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a self-improvement program for young people aged 14 to 24.

The Queen and Prince Philip. Photo: courtesy People.com

Prince Philip 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.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip died on 9 April 2021, two months to his 100th birthday

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