Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh Would Have Been Celebrating His 100th Birth Anniversary Today
Today, on June 10, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh would have been celebrating his 100th Birth Anniversary. He was the longest-serving royal consort in the British History, who aged 99.
The tragic demise of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, just two months prior to his 100th birth anniversary led to a buzz in the upper-class bourgeoisie community.
Philip had four children with Elizabeth- Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Earlier, Philip and Elizabeth were married in a ceremony at Westminster Abbey, recorded and broadcast by BBC radio to 200 million people around the world. Their first two children were born before Elizabeth succeeded her father as monarch in 1952. Prince Charles in 1948 and Princess Anne in 1950. Their marriage was the longest of any British monarch, lasting more than 73 years until Philip left the world in April,2021.
A Sports Enthusiastic
Philip was a sports enthusiast who helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He was a patron, president or member of over 780 organizations, and he served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a self-improvement program for young people aged 14 to 24.
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.
Prince Philip’s hobby of carriage driving helped him break down barriers, according to the Duke himself. The Queen’s husband first took up the sport in 1971, when his age forced him to stop playing polo and as one of the hobbies he most excelled at, the Duke previously revealed how hobbies helped unite people.
“If you have a common interest, nobody cares a damn where you come from or who you are,” he once told gardener Alan Titchmarsh, as they discussed his passion for carriage driving during a special Diamond Jubilee broadcast, All The Queen’s Horses.
Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday 9 April. Buckingham Palace said the Queen faced “some very difficult” decisions in selecting the guests permitted under Covid rules, from original plans for an 800-strong congregation, adding she wanted all branches of her husband’s family to be represented.
The guests include the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, all of the duke’s grandchildren and their spouses, the children of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, and Bernhard, the Hereditary Prince of Baden; Donatus, Prince and Landgrave of Hesse; and Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, previously known as Lady Romsey and later Lady Brabourne, who was Philip’s carriage driving partner and one of his closest friends was one of the attendance. The 67-year-old countess is the wife of Earl Mountbatten, Norton Knatchbull who was a grandson of Prince Philip’s uncle the 1st Earl Mountbatten, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.
Palace spokesman – “plans have had been modified to take into account current public health guidelines, but the ceremonial aspects of the day and the service remain in line with the duke’s wishes. He said the service was a reflection of Prince Philip’s military affiliations and personal elements of his life”.
On the day of the funeral, the coffin was moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle. Later it was placed on the modified Jaguar Land Rover, that the duke himself helped design, carrying the short distance to St George’s Chapel.
The Duke of Edinburgh personally selected the regalia that was on the altar for his funeral.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the father of Prince Charles and the grandfather of Prince Harry and Prince William.