There’s a lot that can be said about Prince Philip. Not only did the late royal share one of the most iconic romances in royal history with his wife of more than 70 years, Queen Elizabeth, but he also accomplished a lot throughout his incredible 99 years of life.
Although it seems like just yesterday, the royal icon first became a member of the British royal family after he married Elizabeth back in 1947. Interestingly enough, Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families, but was exiled from the country when he was just an infant.
After receiving permission from King George VI, the handsome hunk dropped his name and adopted the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents. Prior to the legendary royal wedding, Philip was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh. It wasn’t until 1957 that he officially became a Prince of the United Kingdom.
Throughout his years as a member of the royal family, Philip dedicated much of his time to raising awareness around efforts close to his heart, including conservation, sport, the military and engineering. He also founded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956, and Philip’s devotion to improving these efforts has been quite inspiring.
“His passion for the industry has been seen in countless visits to research laboratories, coal mines, factories and engineering works, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of British industrial life,” his official biography states. “On an international scale, he has sponsored six conferences on the human problems of industrial communities within the Commonwealth, in his capacity as Patron of The Work Foundation.”
However, Philip took a step back from his royal duties in May 2018. At the time, Buckingham Palace announced Philip would be retiring from all his public duties later that year. According to the palace, he started cutting off invitations to royal events in September 2018, “although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.”
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen,” the statement continued. “Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen.”
Sadly, Philip died at age 99 after years of health issues. The royal family announced the news in an official statement on April 9. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement read. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”
Philip’s cause of death has yet to be revealed, and the family noted “further announcements will be made in due course,” including his service arrangements.
Scroll through the gallery below to see pics of Philip throughout the years.
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