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Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke of Gaffes...?
Member Name: anonymili
Date: 19/01/08, updated on 24/01/08 (228 review reads)
Advantages: a real hard-working royal
Disadvantages: puts his foot in it sometimes
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Prince Philip also known as the Duke of Edinburgh was born in June 1921 in Greece to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenburg (not the cake!) and is married to our current monarch; Queen Elizabeth II. He dropped his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark prior to his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947.
Little known is the fact that Prince Philip is also a descendant of Queen Victoria and is in line of succession to the British Throne. He had 4 older sisters who have now all passed away. Philip is possibly the member of the monarchy who will go down in history as being least afraid of speaking his mind, even if his mind lets him say things most others would think rather than speak out loud (see "CONTROVERSY" section below).
EDUCATION & CAREER
Prince Philip was educated initially at The American School of Paris under his grandmother suggested he be educated in England, after which he was sent to the a prep school in Cheam in Surrey. At the age of 12 he left for Germany where he studied at Schule Schloss Salem until he was 15 when he went on to Gordonstoun in Scotland. He flourished here both with his studies and his social status, becoming head of the hockey and cricket teams and later Head Boy. Prince Philip had such good memories of his days there that in later life he sent his three sons, Charles, Andrew and Edward to the same school.
At the age of 18, Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy, graduating a year later from Dartmouth as the best cadet in his class. Having been awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour he went on to be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant, then to Lieutenant and in October 1942 he became the youngest ever to be appointed First Lieutenant of HMS Cornwallace. After the end of the 2nd World War Prince Philip served as a tutor at the Petty Officers' School in Greenwich and has for a long time been Commander and Chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment.
Prince Philip always loved the sea and in a radio interview he had said "It has such extraordinary moods that sometimes you feel this is the only sort of life - and 10 minutes later you're praying for death. If you go to sea in the Merchant Navy, or in the Navy, or as a yachtsman, you are in a completely different environment and so you have to function in a different way and relate to people in a different way."
November 1947 saw Prince Philip's marriage to his 3rd cousin (through Queen Victoria) and 2nd cousin, once removed through Christian IX of Denmark - Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth). The marriage ceremony took place in Westminster Abbey and was broadcast on national TV (BBC) to England.
Prince Philip had to renounce his allegiance to the Greek Crown in order to marry Princess Elizabeth. He also had to convert from being a Greek Orthodox to an Anglican as well as becoming a naturalised British subject. The day before the wedding, his future bride's father, King George VI titled Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London. He was also patented as His Royal Highness.
Knowing full well that his wife would sooner or later ascend the throne, Prince Philip returned to his Naval post in 1949 and was stationed in Malta, becoming Commander by 1952 when his father-in-law passed and his wife became Queen and he became Consort. Prince Philip was advised that his wife would retain the House of Windsor title (as opposed to his House of Mountbatten title) which made him somewhat bitter and he said that he had become an "amoeba"!
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award was established in 1956 (which operates in 100 countries worldwide) to give young people "a sense of responsibility to themselves and their communities".
With his wife, Prince Philip has had 4 children, Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, the first 3 of which have been divorced. He is said to have a good relationship with all of his grandchildren.
Prince Philip has long been famous for making silly remarks some of which at best could be described as foolish and at worst as racist/sexist and/or completely ignorant. I have listed some of the better (or rather worse) ones below:
· Visiting a Tamil Hindu temple in London he asked the priest if he was related to the terrorist Tamil Tigers.
· In the mid 60s he said that British women couldn't cook.
· Visiting China in the mid 80s, he told some British students that if they stayed there much longer, they'd become "slitty-eyed".
· When speaking with a driving instructor in Scotland, he asked "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?"
· When presenting a Duke of Edinburgh Award to a student, when informed that the young man was going to help out in Romania for six months, he asked if the student was going to help the Romanian orphans; upon being informed he was not, it was claimed the duke added: "Ah good, there's so many over there you feel they breed them just to put in orphanages"
· When presented with a gift from a Kenyan, he replied, "You are a woman, aren't you?"
· Seeing a sloppily installed fuse box in a high-tech factory in Edinburgh, he remarked that it looked "like it was put in by an Indian".
When asked, in an interview if he wished to be remembered as the "Duke of Gaffes", his reply was matter-of-fact if a little morose: "What you wish to be remembered for has nothing to do with it. You can wish all sorts of things. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen."
At the end of the day, whatever your feelings about Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, one can't say that he's led a quiet life or gone un-noticed! He has conducted more than 20,000 official engagements and continues to this day to take part despite being in his 80s...
Summary: An energetic 80 something...