The Queen’s longest companion, the Duke of Edinburgh, was 99 years old.
Despite all the planning for this event, it still came as a deep shock. He was a constant on behalf of the emperor – his closest mentor, confidant and companion during his 73 years of marriage.
As the nation mourns her demise and demonstrates how difficult it must have been for the royal family today, a small rest for the queen may be the amount of time she has had to spend with her beloved husband in the last 12 months . The couple took up residence at Windsor Castle, west of London, with a small circle of domestic workers, as the coronovirus epidemic hit the United Kingdom last spring.
He completely dedicated himself to the queen. Those personal sacrifices would define his legacy.
While he may not have been completely comfortable about taking a secondary role for his wife, he did so without public complaint. It could not have been an easy transition, and there were certainly ups and downs, but he found a public role for himself through his charitable work – particularly in patronage and through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. He founded the program, which in 1956 rewards children for achievements in personal development and community participation.
Phillip was the only person with whom the Queen could be “normal” and they were caught from time to time sharing a laugh together. Even his children have to follow the royal protocol when he sees him and accepts his position with a bow or chair.
Without him, the monarchy as we know it today is not. He played an integral role in family dynamics, which was never private to the public. His legacy is the lasting and real influence he leaves behind.
Her death is a loss to the family, and the queen no longer has the support of her steadfast support. What will be seen in the coming months will be how the monarchy develops. Charles and William will likely step in for further engagement on behalf of the 95-year-old sovereign, as they have been doing in recent years. Philip’s death signifies a new era for the family and it will take time for them to adjust to a world.
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Princip Philip: A Lift in Pictures 1921 – 2021
While primarily known for his marriage to the Empress, Prince Philip was an extraordinary figure in himself.
In his seven decades of service, he often accompanied the King on royal engagements and performed thousands of his solos before returning from public life four years ago.
Prince Philip was born into the royal families of Greece and Denmark. His family left Greece in 1922 and settled in Paris after his uncle, King Constantine I, was overthrown.
In July 1935, Prince Philip was ready to produce “Macbeth” when he went to school in Scotland.
Prince Philip sits in July 1947 with his fiancée, Princess Elizabeth. He had become a naturalized British citizen and a normal man using the English translation of his mother’s maiden name, Mountbatten. He was also an officer in the British Imperial Navy and fought in World War II.
Queen and Prince Philip pose for a picture in 1979 with their children Prince Edward, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew.
UK Prime Minister’s Statement
Soon after the announcement of Buckingham Palace on Friday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to the podium outside Downing Street to honor the Duke of Edinburgh. Here is his complete statement:
It was with great sadness that some time ago I received word from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh had died at the age of 99.
Prince Philip earned the Commonwealth in the United Kingdom and the affection of generations throughout the world.
He was the longest serving man in history, one of the last surviving people in this country who served in World War II at Cape Mathapan, where he was mentioned in his hatred for bravery and the invasion of Sicily , Where he rescued his ship, his quick thinking and the struggle he acquired acquired an ethic of service that he applied during the unprecedented changes of the post-war era.
Like the expert train driver that he helped run the royal family and the monarchy so that it remained indisputably important to the balance and happiness of our national life.
He was an environmentalist, and a champion of the natural world long before it was fashionable.
With the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme he has shaped and inspired the lives of countless youth and in fact tens of thousands of events he has fueled his hopes and encouraged his ambitions.
We remember the Duke for all this and above all for his steadfast support to Her Majesty the Queen.
Every day of her reign, “strength and living” of more than 70 years, not just as her concert, but as her husband’s.
And it is for His Excellency, and his family, that the views of our country must change today.
Because they have lost not only a much loved and highly respected public figure, but a devoted husband and a proud and loving father, grandfather and, in recent years, grandfather.
Speaking on her Golden Anniversary, Her Majesty said that our country has claimed her husband “more debt than he will ever claim or we will ever know” and I am sure the conjecture is correct.
So we mourn with His Excellency the Queen today, we extend our condolences to her and all her family and we thank Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for his extraordinary life and work as a nation and a state .
See Prime Minister’s address here: