- NAME: Prince Philip
- OCCUPATION: Duke, Prince
- BIRTH DATE: June 10, 1921 (Age: 92)
- EDUCATION: Cheam School, Schule Schloss Salem, Gordonstoun School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Corfu, Greece
- AKA: Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
- AKA: Duke of Edinburgh
- AKA: Prince Philip
- AKA: Philip Mountbatten
- Full Name: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich
- AKA: Philip Battenberg
- AKA: Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
- AKA: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
- ZODIAC SIGN: Gemini
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is best known as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the father of Prince Charles, and the grandfather of Prince Harry and Prince William.
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On the morning of the wedding, Philip became the Duke of Edinburgh, the Earl of Merioneth and the Baron of Greenwich. He and Elizabeth had four children: Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward. Prince Charles is their oldest child, and the heir apparent to the throne.
King George died on February 6, 1952,
leaving Elizabeth as his heir. Philip and Elizabeth heard the news of his death while traveling in Kenya. The accession of Elizabeth to the throne raised the question of the name of the royal house. On the advice of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Elizabeth proclaimed that the house would be known as the House of Windsor. The children of Philip and Elizabeth bear the last name Mountbatten-Windsor.
Philip is the queen's consort, accompanying her in her official duties and appearances throughout the world. In addition, he participates in the work of many organizations, particularly favoring those focused on the environment, athletics and education. Philip played polo until 1971, and has also competed in carriage and boat racing. He also enjoys flying airplanes, oil painting and art collecting.
While largely avoiding personal scandal, Philip is known for his outspoken nature. In honor of his 90th birthday, in 2011, the London Daily Mirror published a list of "90 classic gaffes" that have been attributed to Philip over the years.
Within his family, Philip has often intervened in personal relationships, which has led to conflict. In 1981, he pressured his son Charles to either wed or leave Lady Diana Spencer (Princess Diana). When their subsequent marriage proved difficult, Philip hosted an unsuccessful reconciliation meeting.
After Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997, Philip participated in her funeral, walking with his two grandsons in the funeral procession. Around the same time, Mohamed al-Fayed accused Philip of orchestrating the car crash, which had killed Mohamed's son, Dodi Fayed, and Diana. An official inquest found no evidence of conspiracy, however, and the crash was ruled accidental.
In early June 2013, just days before his 92nd birthday, CNN reported that Prince Philip had undergone "exploratory" abdominal surgery—part of his treatment after "abdominal investigations." He was released from the London Clinic on June 17. According to a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace, the prince "is in good condition and good spirits." He is expected to take two months off to recouperate from his treatment before resuming his royal duties.
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They rule the Royal House of Windsor, and they can trace their bloodlines back through thousands of years of monarchy and leadership. The British Royal Family, with Queen Elizabeth II at the head of the throne, lead Britain's constitutional monarchy. As the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and is honored for 60 years on the throne, the Royal Family has never been more popular. They go by the terms "His and Her Royal Highness," yet they are admired for their style, down-to-earth personalities, media savvy, and their devotion to humanitarian causes. All eyes are on Princes William and Harry as they carry on their family legacy into the 21st century.
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