The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip was born in Corfu, Greece, in 1921 to the family of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He was the youngest of five children and the only son.

The boy Prince Philip

At the age of 10, he set up a workshop at his father’s castle, equipped with lathes, a forge, and a foundry. When he joined the Navy he designed a system of fans, radiators, and thermostats for air-conditioning his quarters. He even fashioned a device, controlled by an alarm clock, for making his early morning tea – 20 years before such a gadget appeared on the market.

Prince Philip met Princess Elizabeth during a royal visit to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, in 1939, where he entertained Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. This is where he caught Princess Elizabeth’s eye and she fell in love with the handsome young prince. Several years later, Prince Philip, showed signs of reciprocating her feelings. The romance began in earnest and soon translated into a marriage that lasted 71 years, Until his death on the 9th of April, 2021 at 99 years. The marriage yielded four children: Prince Charles- the Prince of Wales; Princess Ann- Princess Royal; Prince Andrew- Duke of York & Prince Edward- Earl of Essex.

The Duke of Edinburgh with his wife, Queen Elizabeth on their wedding day, November 20, 1947
Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, worked at his desk after returning to his Royal Navy duties at the Petty Officers Training Centre in Corsham, Wiltshire, on August 1st, 1947.
Queen Elizabeth dancing with Prince Philip.
Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

Prince Philip is, so far, the longest-serving consort in British history, who sacrificed a naval career to give steadfast support to his wife.

Queen of England and husband, Prince Philip, marking their diamond anniversary, in 2007.
Prince Philip, walking his daughter, Princess Ann down the aisle on her wedding day, Westminster Abbey, in 1973.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo (L) toasts with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during a reception in honor of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the State House in Abuja, Nigeria, 3rd December 2003.
The Queen and Prince Philip with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe