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Prince Philip's Start In Life

  • He was born on 10 June 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu. His heritage made him a prince of Greece and Denmark, but the following year the family was banished from Greece after a coup.
  • In 1930, when he was eight years old, his mother was committed to a secure psychiatric centre after suffering a nervous breakdown. Philip saw little of either parent in the years that followed.
  • His mother's relatives in the UK helped raise him. He would later adopt their surname, Mountbatten - an anglicised form of the family name Battenberg.
  • In 1937, one of Philip's four sisters, Cecilie, died in an air crash along with her German husband, mother-in-law, and two young sons. She was pregnant at the time.

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Marrying the Queen

  • King George gave Philip permission to marry his daughter, Elizabeth.
  • The Prince of Greece and Denmark became a naturalized British subject, formally joined the Church of England, and abandoned his foreign titles.
  • On his wedding day...

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Prince Philip: A Husband But Never A King

Prince Philip: A Husband But Never A King

Prince Philip was never in line for the throne (his eldest son stands to inherit it) and never held the title of king.

The reason for that: in the British monarchy, a woman who marries the monarch can use the ceremonial title of queen - but men who...

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How Price Philip Changed The British Monarchy

He believed monarchies must adapt to survive.

  • He set up informal lunches where the Queen could meet people from a broader range of backgrounds.
  • Before the Coronation, when Philip and the future Queen moved into Clarence House in 1949,

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Meeting Elizabeth, The Future Queen

  • When Philip left school, he joined the UK's naval academy and he graduated top of his class.
  • When King George VI paid an official visit in July 1939, Philip was charged with entertaining his young daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.
  • He ma...

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Born on the Greek island of Corfu in June 1921, Philip was the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria and nephew of Constantine I of Greece, whose 1922 abdication forced the young infant and his family to flee their home country. 

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