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Entertainment Royal Family celebrates Prince Philip's love of life in new pictures

04:40  16 april  2021
04:40  16 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Royal Family has shared heartwarming pictures of the Duke of Edinburgh flying, playing sports and spending time with horses.

Their official Twitter and Instagram accounts published the recent and old pictures of Prince Philip enjoying the things he loved most in life.

Some showed the Queen's husband, who died last Friday aged 99, posing in the cockpit of a plane as well as him mid-flight after he got his licence in 1953.

It was captioned: 'The Duke learned to fly with @RoyalAirForce at White Waltham and gained his RAF Wings in 1953, his helicopter wings with the Royal Navy in 1956, and his Private Pilots Licence in 1959. He gave up flying in 1997 after accumulating 5,986 hours as a pilot in 59 types of aircraft.'

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Others featured the Prince at sporting events including at his beloved cricket - where he shared a joke with bowling legends James Anderson and Andrew Flintoff.

A comment with the pictures said: 'The Duke of Edinburgh had a passion for sports, and played an influential part in the administration of many sporting and recreation charities in the role of President or Patron.'

The final set depict the Duke with horses - a passion he shared with his daughter Princess Anne - mostly during Olympic equestrian events.

A statement added: 'The Duke of Edinburgh was President of @BritAthletics for 59 years, and @thecgf between 1955 and 1990.

'In his role as President of @FEI_Global, The Duke was responsible for the organisation of all equestrian sporting events at five @Olympics Games between 1968 and 1984.'

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