Life of Prince Philip

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Prince Philip was a constant support for  Queen Elizabeth. Prince Philip was born on June 21, 1921, in Greece. His family was exiled from the country while he was an infant. Being a member of the Greek and Danish royal families, at the age of 18 he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 after being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. That same July, he began corresponding with Princess Elizabeth, a distant cousin of his who was then only 13. He was in the navy throughout the Second World War, serving with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets. After the war, King George VI granted him permission to marry Elizabeth. Before their engagement was officially announced in July 1947, he gave up his Greek and Danish royal titles, became a naturalised British subject.  He was given a title, the Duke of Edinburgh, and he married Elizabeth, then still a princess, on November, 20, 1947. The couple moved to Malta, where he was posted. But he soon left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, and officially became a British prince. During the 70 years he spent carrying out royal duties which he only stepped back from in 2017 at the age of 95 , Prince Philip accompanied the queen around the world, on Commonwealth tours and state visits, as well as carrying out more than 22,000 solo engagements. He visited 143 countries in an official capacity and was involved with more than 780 organisations. One of the most successful was the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a program for teenagers, which started in 1956. This showed a clear bonding between both and how its been reciprocated from both sides. The journey of love and compassion met an ending now with the death of Prince Philip.

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