Prince Philip Turns 99 – Inside Life of the Third longest-living British Royal
Prince Philip is set to become the third oldest British royal as he celebrates his 99th birthday milestone on June 10 — here's a peek into his well-lived and utterly eventful royal life.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is a 98-year-old royal who has lived longer than most. The Duke will be 99 on June 10, making him the third longest-living British royal.
He has led a full life so far with several lifetime achievements. Prince Philip participated in the Second World War, and before that, he had a successful naval career.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip re-visit Broadlands to mark their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, undated photo. | Photo: Getty Images
After the war, he shifted his focused on aiding the Queen following her accession in 1952. In 2009, he became the longest-serving British consort — a position previously held by Queen Charlotte, who was George III's consort.
Aside from his work as consort, the Duke also has many interests, which he pursues with dedication. They range from conservation and engineering to The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which he founded in 1956.
Prince Philip at St George's Chapel on May 18, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
Earlier in May 2017, it was announced that Prince Philip, with the full support of the Queen, had decided to stop carrying out public engagements.
The Duke of Edinburgh is said to be currently involved in more than 780 organizations either as a patron, president or member; however, he no longer plays an active role by attending functions.
The Prince's good looks drew the Princess in.
His Royal Highness is also engaged with various charities and organizations which reflect his widespread interests in matters including strengthening the military, encouraging sports, conservation of the environment, and engineering.
His passion for the industry has been observed in his numerous visits to various research laboratories, coal mines, factories, and engineering projects to contribute to the betterment of the British industrial sector.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Guards Polo Club on June 24, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
On an international scale, His Royal Highness has used his abilities as a patron of The Work Foundation to sponsor six conferences within the commonwealth single-handedly.
The Duke reportedly headed the judging panel for The Prince Philip Designers Prize between 1959 and 2011. The outfit rewards the innovations and creativity of engineers shaping daily life.
Prince Philip overtook Princess of Albany as the third oldest British royal in 2019 when he clocked 98. The Princess was the last surviving grandchild of Queen Victoria, and she died at 97 in January 1981.
Though he isn't the oldest royal so far, Prince Philip is the third, and according to Hello, the oldest living male royal. Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester, who died aged 102, holds the record for the oldest British royal ever.
Princess Alice was wife to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. She died in October 2004 at the age of 102 years and 309 days. The title of the second longest-living British royal goes to Queen Elizabeth's mother, often referred to as The Queen Mother.
The Queen Mother passed away at the age of 101 years, 238 days. She kept up her public appearances until the months preceding her death in March 2002.
Concerning Prince Phillip's birthday celebrations, it's been reported that the festivities will be minimal and low-key. His Royal Highness is expected to celebrate the momentous event with a simple lunch with the Queen at Windsor Castle.
The Prince and his wife have been isolating at Windsor castle with minimal staff since the outbreak of COVID-19 earlier this year. The couple has been in a relationship for decades — their love story is one that stretches back to the 30s.
The Prince reportedly piqued Princess Elizabeth's interest in 1939 when she was just 13-years old. He had been the Prince of Greece and was five years her senior.
The two met when Princess Elizabeth and her sister, Margaret, were on a trip with their parents to Dartmouth's Britannia Royal Naval College, which also happened to be their father's alma mater.
According to Marion Crawford, the Princesses' governess at the time, the Prince's good looks drew the Princess in. In her memoir titled "The Little Princesses," Crawford revealed that the Prince came aboard the King's Yacht for meals — an encounter that always left the Princess "pink-faced."
In 1947, following the end of the war, they got engaged, and in the same year, they tied the knot. Five years later, the Princess ascended the throne and took her vows as Queen Elizabeth.