Young Prince Philip: Life story and Amazing Photos of Duke of Edinburgh from Childhood to His Golden Years

Prince Philip was the longest-serving royal consort and the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch. He was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece. His mother, Princess Alice, was the former princess of Battenberg, and his father was Prince Andrew, the fourth son of King George I. Prince Philip went to MacJannet American school in Paris, but in 1928 he moved to England and attended the Cheam School. Then, in 1933, he was sent to the progressive Schule Schloss Salem in Germany. During his school days, the young Philip was shuttled between relatives in England and Germany, often staying with his maternal grandmother.

At the beginning of World War II, Prince Phillip joined the Royal Navy and fought on the opposing German side. After the end of the war, Prince Philip married Queen Elizabeth. He left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952. He was a patron, president or member of over 780 organizations, and he served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a self-improvement program for young people aged 14 to 24. Philip has always had a strong sense of style, whether on official occasions, during polo matches, carriage driving, or during his visit to different places. He was named one of GQ UK’s best-dressed men in Britain in 2014. Prince Philip retired from his royal duties in 2017. He has attended 22,219 solo engagements and 5,493 speeches in 96 years

Philip died on the morning of April 9 2021, at Windsor Castle, aged 99, two months before his 100th birthday. The cause of death has not been disclosed, though the palace said Philip died peacefully. To honour Prince Phillip, we have compiled a list of some amazing photographs from his childhood and when he was young.

#1 Philip, pictured in the bottom row, third from left, with his school cricket team, 1938.

#4 Alice of Battenberg and infant son Prince Philip of Greece, 1921.

#14 Philip with his second cousin King Michael of Romania, 1928.

#15 Philip (second from the right) pictured on holiday in Romania in September 1928.

#16 Prince Philip of England’s family poses for a photograph, October 1928

Prince Philip of England’s family poses for a photograph, October 1928

A young Prince Philip stands to the right of his mother, Princess Alice and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. From left to right are Philip’s sisters, all Princesses of Greece & Denmark: Margarita, Theodora, Sophie, and Cecilie.

#18 Philip of Greece (second from the left) trying his hand at archery with his schoolmates at the MacJannet American school in France, 1929.

#20 Philip photographed in traditional Greek Evzone costume by Emile Markovitch, 1930.

#23 The Cheam School cricket team, 1934. Prince Philip is at top right.

#25 Philip, left, in costume for a production of MacBeth at Gordonstoun in 1935.

#26 Philip dressed for the Gordonstoun School’s production of MacBeth, in Scotland.

#27 Philip sitting on the roof of Gordonstoun School, 1938.

#32 Prince Philip with Princess Elizabeth posing for a photo shortly after they announced their engagement, 1947.

#33 The Prince and Princess on their wedding day, 1947.

#34 Prince Philip with Princess Elizabeth and their kids at Balmoral Castle, 1952.

#35 The Queen and Prince Philip talk together in the royal box at a performance of Bertram Mills Circus in London, 1952.

#36 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh wave from the famous balcony of Buckingham Palace following Elizabeth’s coronation, 1953.

#38 Philip and the Queen arrive at a theater in Malta, 1967.

#39 Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding, 1947.

#40 Prince Philip with Princess Elizabeth at a square dance held in their honor in Ottawa.

#41 Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, sitting at his desk at Clarence House, 1951.

#43 Queen Elizabeth II filming the arrival of the escort ship HMNZS Black Prince, 1953.

#44 Prince Philip with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

#45 Prince Philip with Queen Elizabeth II on a Nigerian tour.

#46 Prince Philip with Queen during a polo game in Windsor Park, 1957.

#50 An official photo from the royal honeymoon, 1947.

#51 Prince Philip takes in cricket practice at the Petty Officer’s Training Centre at Corsham, Wiltshire, 1947.

#52 Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with their newborn, Princess Anne, 1950.

#53 Prince Philip chats with Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner at London’s Empress Club, 1951.

#54 Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh heading toward Victoria while on tour, 1951.

#55 Prince Andrew and Prince Edward give a royal wave alongside their parents during the Trooping the Colour parade, 1964.

#57 Prince Charles has a chat with his father in Sandringham, 1969.

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