How did the Queen meet Prince Philip

Prince Philip: A life by the side of the Queen

Status: 04/10/2021 00:03

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, is dead. Buckingham Palace announced that he died "peacefully in Windsor Castle" on April 9th. He was 99 years old.

The Duke of Edinburgh had had a heart operation in a specialist clinic in February and had spent several weeks in the hospital. He was released home in mid-March. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday on June 10th. Prince Philip had been married to Queen Elizabeth II since 1947. Since her coronation in 1953, he was the prince consort and was considered the queen's most important support.

Prince Philip - the "Duke of Risk"

"Duke of Hazard" is what the British called Prince Consort Philip affectionately, but also a little mockingly. The Queen's husband was not awarded this title, but worked hard: With dry English humor, he repeatedly caused laughter on the international stage - at the expense of his hosts or his guests. He once greeted Federal Chancellor Kohl as "Mr. Reich Chancellor" and attested to the President of Nigeria dressed in national costume: "You look like you are about to go to bed."

A diplomatic soul was certainly not lost in Prince Philip. But for more than seven decades he was an indispensable support for Queen Elizabeth. When asked about his recipe for success for this long relationship, Prince Philip once stated: "The secret of a happy marriage is to keep different interests." One of the passions that the Queen's husband claimed for himself was aviation: Philip obtained his pilot's license from the Royal Air Force. Up until his last flight in 1997, the monarch had accumulated almost 6,000 flight hours. Nevertheless, the military home of the prince was not the air force, but the navy.

Highly decorated officer in the Royal Navy

At the age of 18, Prince Philip met the future Queen Elizabeth II. It should be great love.

Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921 as Philippos Andreou of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu as the only son of Prince Andreas of Greece and Princess Alice von Battenberg. On his father's side, Prince Philip came from the house of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg. His childhood was marked by many family conflicts. The parents separated early and have to go into exile. Philip went to France with his mother. After her mental illness worsened, Philip grew up in boarding schools in Germany, France and the UK. There he attended the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and was assigned to the British warship HMS "Ramillies" at the age of 18. During the Second World War, Philip served as a naval officer on numerous other ships. It was not until 1951 that he resigned from active sea service.

Wedding with the king's daughter Elizabeth

During his military training in Dartmouth, Philip met the future Queen Elizabeth for the first time in 1939. The then 13-year-old British heir to the throne is said to have lost her heart to the Greek prince's son during a visit to the naval school. In 1947, when he became a British citizen, he changed his name to Mountbatten - the English translation of his mother's maiden name - and renounced his title "Prince of Greece and Denmark". However, Philip became prince again that same year when he and Elizabeth tied the knot on November 20 at Westminster Abbey in London.

From naval commander to inconspicuous companion: with the enthronement of Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, Prince Philip finally submitted to the strict royal protocol. Four children emerged from the marriage, which was considered to be scandal-free: In 1948, Prince Charles, who would later become heir to the throne, was born. Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and straggler Edward followed in 1950, 1960 and 1964.

Withdrawal from the public

Even in old age, the Duke of Edinburgh kept many appointments. It was not until his 90th birthday in 2011 that he announced that he wanted to cut things back a little in the future because he was slowly approaching his "expiration date". At the beginning of May 2017, Buckingham Palace finally announced that Prince Philip would withdraw from all obligations and would no longer appear in public. The prince died two months before his 100th birthday.

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