Prince Philip Mountbatten, who held the record for longevity as a husband to a British monarch, retired on Friday, April 9, 2021, at the age of 99. Hospitalized since February 16, 2021 for heart problems, the Prince consort of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Kingdoms since February 6, 1952 has finally given up. Married to Elizabeth five years before her accession to the throne of Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh was known for his attachment to the British people and his sense of public interest.
The British prince, Philip Mountbatten, is gone. He passed away on Friday at the age of 99, two months before his 100th birthday. The news was announced on the official Royal Family Twitter account. “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh”, according to a statement of the Buckingham, stating that Prince Philip, who had been hospitalized recently, died “peacefully this (Friday) morning at Windsor Castle”. Considered one of the pillars of the British monarchy, the Duke was also the head of 780 charitable associations or organizations charged with promoting the preservation of the environment, the learning of science and technology or the practice of sport.
Born Prince on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, Philip Mountbatten is the son of Andrew, Prince of Greece and Denmark, and of Princess Alice de Battenberg, granddaughter of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse-Darmstadt and great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. He studied in France and Germany, but in 1939, after completing his studies, he joined the Royal Navy. It was at the age of 18 that he met young Elizabeth, barely 13 years old. It is the beginning of the great love between the two descendants of Queen Victoria, they are cousins in the third degree. They married on November 20, 1947 in Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth is not yet Queen of England, but simply the eldest daughter of King George VI. The king offered him the priesthood of royal highness and the title of Duke of Edinburgh. Elizabeth came to the throne after her father’s untimely death in 1952. Prince Philip supported the Queen in all her endeavours. He knew how to be a caring husband and at the same time a good advisor. “My first, second and final job is never to let the Queen down,” he said.
The Duke of Edinburgh, however, was known for his humour, sometimes considered excessive by some. For example, to British students in China, he told them in 1986: “If you stay here any longer, you’ll all end up in a slump”, or to a 13-year-old boy who entrusts his dream of becoming an astronaut, he gives up, in 2001: “You’re too fat.”
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