Entertainment Death of Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elisabeth II

16:10  09 april  2021
16:10  09 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le prince Philip, en octobre 2018. © AP - Alastair Grant Prince Philip, in October 2018.

Prince Philip, Husband of the Queen of England, died this Friday morning at age 99 years old, announced the Palace of Buckingham. Discreet, he had lived throughout his life in the shadow of his wife.

Philip Moutbatten , Prince of Greece and Denmark, was born on June 10, 1921 in Corfu in Greece. Son of Prince André de Greece and Princess Alice de Battenberg, grandson of King George I from Greece, he was the Benjamin of a siblings of five children with his four sisters, Marguerite, Sophie, Theodora and Cecile. He was also related to Queen Victoria.

If the life of the Queen of England is well known, that of his husband is a little less. Yet he is the one to have held the United Kingdom's role as long as the United Kingdom, accompanying for nearly 70 years Elisabeth II during his travels.

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A tumultuous childhood

in the face of political instability in Greece, Philip's parents were forced to leave the country in 1922. However, from a royal family, it is without money that Philip exiles in France In Saint-Cloud, with the Princess Marie de Bonaparte, wife of one of the brothers of the father of the Prince Philip and descendant of Napoleon 1st.

Shortly after, Philip's mother, with schizophrenia, ends up being interned, while her father makes her life in the south of France, forcing Philip to grow far from her in several boarding schools. First in England, then in Germany and finally in Scotland. His sisters, they made their lives in Germany after married German aristocrats, close to Adolf Hitler.

In 1939, Philip joined the Royal Navy and it was on this occasion that it meets Princess Elisabeth, then teenager, before serving for the Second World War. This date marks the true first meeting between the two future spouses and what the queen will describe later as "a love at first sight for the Prince Philip".

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His life with Elisabeth Windsor

in 1945, then begins the love story between Philip and Elisabeth, which does not necessarily please the royal family and in particular to the "Queen Mother". The reason ? The Greek origins of Philip and the fact that it is not English. Another point storms too, the positions far too left and modern of Philip while the royal family is attached to traditions.

In 1946, Philip asked Elisabeth's hand to the king, while giving up his allegiance for the Greek crown, in his title of Prince. He will also ask to be naturalized.

The marriage is then celebrated in the Westminster Abbey on November 20, 1947, the ceremony will be completely broadcast on the waves of the whole world. After their union, Philip becomes the Duke of Edinburgh, Count of Merioneth and Baron de Greenwich.

Four children are born from the Union of Prince Philip and Queen Elisabeth: Charles (Prince of Wales), Anne (Royal Princess), Andrew (Duke d'York) and Edward (Earl of Wessex).

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The life of the couple will change when in 1952, King George VI, Father of Elizabeth, dies brutally and propels Elizabeth Windsor on the throne just 26 years old and forced Philip to leave the Royal Navy to support his wife.

From the first appearance of the couple after the disappearance of the king, Philip will remain "two steps behind the queen", a public position he will keep throughout his life.

In the shadow of the Queen of England

since the coronation of the Queen in 1952, until his retirement in August 2017, Prince Philip has assisted Elisabeth II in many public outings and official commitments - 22 219 very exactly . It records the record of longevity of the British princes with more than six decades to be in the shadow of the queen.

In 1956, Prince Philip launched the international price of the Duke of Edinburgh which rewards the fulfillment of adolescents and young adults. First intended for the United Kingdom, this program now extends out of 144 countries. Very committed, Prince Philip also supported nearly 800 associations and participated in the creation in 1961 of the first World Environmental Protection Organization, WWF, which will be the President for the United Kingdom for twenty years.

Despite its great discretion, Queen Elizabeth II will say Prince Philip that he was "his strength and support". On November 20, 2017, the royal couple celebrated his 70 years of marriage .

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