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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 2015
Credit: US Department of Defence/Public Domain

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth for 73 years, died peacefully this morning (April 9, 2021) age 99.

He was knows as the Prince of the Political Incorrectness. Though the media like to call them gaffes, those who knew him better said he did it on purpose. When cutting a ribbon, opening a building in Vancouver, Canada, he said, “I declare this thing open, whatever it is.” Or after receiving a cowboy hat in Calgary, Alberta quipped he might use it for a flower pot. READ: The Duke of Political Incorrectness: Prince Philip and the Queen in Pictures AND Upsetting the Chinese, Indians and men with goatee beards: The Duke who often said what he shouldn’t (but the public loved him for it)

He was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on a kitchen table in Greece and came from a long line of Royalty. He was apparently in line to succeed the throne in 16 Royal lines across Europe. Fox News describes his official title in Britain:

At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor. 

READ: Queen Elizabeth to enter 8 days of mourning following Prince Philip’s death

On Prince Philip’s faith in Christ, READ: ‘His faith in Jesus Christ was an important part of his life’: Church leaders pay tribute to Prince Philip

Prince Philip’s mother, Alice, left the life of Royalty to become a nun. During World War II, Alice hid a Jewish family in her home just yards away from the Gestapo. When the Nazis became suspicious, Alice feigned deafness.

In contrast, one of Philip’s sisters regularly dined with Adolf Hitler, and named her son after the German tyrant. Two of Philip’s other sisters married Nazis, and the fourth died in a plane crash while pregnant. READ: The tragic women who shaped Prince Philip: A mother who fled revolution and became a nun, a Nazi sister who named her son after Hitler and a plane crash that ‘profoundly shocked’ the schoolboy prince

Prince Philip was a war hero during World War II. He joined the British Navy in 1939 as a teenager and was on board a ship in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese officially surrendered to the Allies. He won a medal for helping save his battleship during an attack by German aircraft by putting a raft into the water and setting it on fire. The smoke distracted the attacking aircraft. READ: Duty to the country, and the Queen: How war hero Prince Philip was honoured for saving battleship from Nazi bombers during action-packed military career… that he gave up when he married Monarch

Prince Philip’s life and legacy in photos, courtesy of a Fox News slide show. READ: A life in photos of Prince Philip

A little known fact is that Canada is a Constitutional Monarchy, meaning Queen Elizabeth is the official head of Canada. Any legislation passed by Canada’s Federal government only becomes official after the Queen’s official representative in the country signs it into law.

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