Prince Philip and 25 Facts Royal Fans Might Have Missed about Him
Prince Phillip is one of the most well-known modern-day royals in the world. The Duke of Edinburgh might be well known but there are still some facts about him that will shock fans.
Buckingham Palace, through a statement issued by the press secretary of the Queen, recently released 50 facts about the life and work of The Duke of Edinburgh. The list focused particularly on his support of The Queen.
It aims to be used as a source of information regarding the Prince. Here is a look at twenty-five of the facts recorded at Buckingham Palace that fans might not know about Prince Phillip.
1. Prince Philip was born at the villa "Mon Repos," where the Greek royal family spent their summers, on 10th June 1921. The villa is built on the island of Corfu.
2. The Duke is the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
3. Both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. The Duke is a direct descendant of Princess Alice who is the third child of Queen Victoria. The Queen is a direct descendant of Prince Albert Edward who is Queen Victoria's eldest son.
4. Prince Philip was an active Royal Navy recruit throughout the Second World War and had his first naval appointment when he was 18 and served as a midshipman to HMS RAMILLIES.
5. The Duke of Edinburgh joined HMS VALIANT in the Mediterranean Fleet and was involved in engagements. He served on 21st March 1941 during the battle of Matapan (in Greek waters) against the Italian fleet and was mentioned in despatches for his work in control of the searchlights. He was later awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour.
6. Prince Philip went on to serve in the destroyer HMS WHELP in the Pacific towards the end of the Second World War. He was present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on 2nd September 1945.
7. From July 1951, the Duke of Edinburgh was no longer active in naval appointments as he was occupied with Princess Elizabeth's increased Royal responsibilities. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet on 15th January 1953.
8. His Royal Highness holds the titles of the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. All three titles were conferred by King George VI in 1947. The Queen made her husband a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.
9. The Duke of Edinburgh was not crowned or anointed at the Coronation ceremony in 1953 as he is only the husband of the sovereign.
10. The Duke has a keen interest in flying and has mastered the art of flying many types of aircraft. He has RAF wings since 1953, helicopter wings since 1956 and gained his private pilot's license in 1959 and also has spent more than 5,986 hours in 59 types of aircraft.
11. He founded The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and International Award to introduce young people to new experiences like physical, skills-based and community challenges.
12. The Duke of Edinburgh regularly pens pieces on environmental, technological, equestrian and animal subjects. He has written books as well including "Selected Speeches 1948-1955," "Birds from Britannia" and "Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment."
13. Prince Philip has accompanied the Queen on 251 official overseas visits. The first of these was the Coronation tour of the Commonwealth from November 1953 to May 1954.
14. His Royal Highness has completed more than 18,567 official engagements excluding those where he accompanied the Queen.
15. He is a Privy Counsellor but has no other constitutional role. Until 1999, Prince Philip was a member of the House of Lords but chose to remain neutral due to his proximity to The Queen.
16. The Duke of Edinburgh has chaired over 1454 meetings for the organizations he represents.
17. He is extremely interested in science and technology and has been Patron of the Industrial Society since 1952 and also initiated the Fellowship of Engineering, now called the Royal Academy of Engineering.
18. The Duke of Edinburgh is the fifth consort to a reigning queen in British history.
19. The Duke was the first President of the World Wildlife Fund-UK from 1961 to 1982. He was also the International President of WWF (now World Wide Fund for Nature) from 1981 to 1996 and is now President Emeritus.
20. The Duke of Edinburgh's official livery color is dark green. The color is called "Edinburgh Green" and has been used for staff liveries and private cars.
21. In 1948, His Royal Highness was appointed a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum and was instrumental in saving the tea clipper, Cutty Sark. He also helped establish the Maritime Trust.
22. The Duke of Edinburgh was a key player in the restoration of Windsor Castle after the great fire of 1992. He served as Chairman of the general Restoration Committee.
23. In May 1961, the Duke of Edinburgh became the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television. He went on to present television programs, including in May 1957 a program on the BBC about his four and a half month tour of the Commonwealth.
24. Prince Philip served as President of the National Federation of Housing Associations in 1975-1980 and chaired the Inquiry into British Housing. The inquiry published two reports in 1985 and 1991. He also chaired the Westminster Abbey Restoration Committee from 1973 to 1997.
25. The Duke renounced his Greek royal title in 1947. He is a naturalized British subject after his service in the Royal Navy.