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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

(1921-2021), Consort of Elizabeth II

Sitter associated with 219 portraits
The husband of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was the longest serving consort in the history of the British monarchy. A great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria, Philip was born in Corfu to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He was christened Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark. In 1922, the Greek monarch Constantine I was forced to abdicate and Philip’s parents were banished from Greece. Following education in France, Germany and Britain, Philip joined the Royal Navy in 1939. He saw active service during World War II, including the Battle of Crete (1941) and the Allied invasion of Sicily (1943), and was awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour. Philip was introduced to Princess Elizabeth in 1939. They were married at Westminster Abbey in 1947. Prior to the wedding, he renounced his former titles and adopted the surname Mountbatten, an anglicised form of his mother’s name. He was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. His naval career continued until the death of King George VI in 1952. From this time on, he supported his wife in her royal duties, undertaking extensive Commonwealth tours and State visits overseas. They had four children including HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir to the throne. Up until his death in April 2021, the Duke of Edinburgh was the patron of over 750 organisations, including The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Edward Irvine Halliday - NPG 6239

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Edward Irvine Halliday
conté, 1948
NPG 6239

The Royal Family, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P347

The Royal Family

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1951
NPG P347

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Yousuf Karsh - NPG P490(61)

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1951
NPG P490(61)

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1456

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1456

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Cecil Beaton - NPG P1458

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Cecil Beaton
C-type colour print, 2 June 1953
NPG P1458

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1656

Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, June 1953
NPG P1656

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