Home / News / Funny, fast-living coquette whose humour put bashful Queen at ease… we applaud Prince Philip’s conspicuous life of service in pictures as he retires from duties

Funny, fast-living coquette whose humour put bashful Queen at ease… we applaud Prince Philip’s conspicuous life of service in pictures as he retires from duties

PRINCE PHILIP has been at the heart of stately life for 70 years.

A consistent by the Queen’s side, the infrequently gaffe-prone Duke of Edinburgh has upheld Her Majesty by good times and bad, at joyous times of births and the unhappiness of deaths and on thousands of stately engagements.

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Happy couple . . . a smiling Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip applaud their rendezvous in 1947

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Her Majesty’s Rock . . . Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey and the rite was promote to 200m radio listeners

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Thanks oldster . . . Prince Philip graphic with all his medals at a stately rendezvous as he celebrates years of service

As he announces his well-earned retirement from stately duties, a month before his 96th birthday, we applaud his conspicuous life of service in this special picture tribute.

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Naval temperament . . . Philip escorts a stately debate around the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, Devon, in 1940. From left, a immature Philip, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth, King George VI and Princess Elizabeth

The Queen

Royal beam . . . Her Majesty paid reverence to the critical role Prince Philip has paid played in her life
The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip stairs down from open engagements

IT competence have been just another dry stately revisit but 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth was soft by the large “Viking” naval cadet showing her family around the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth.

For 18-year-old Philip Mountbatten, a life of stately service was on the cards.

Now, as he prepares to retire from stately duties, he can demeanour back on 70 years of being the stone on which the Queen’s startling power has been built.

The Queen

Royal beam . . . Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten can demeanour back on 70 years of being The Queen’s rock

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Proud and clever . . . Duke of Edinburgh is graphic in army uniform in 1953

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In stitches . . . the couple share a fun over the Singer cesspool appurtenance presented as a marriage benefaction from the Provost and Council of Clydebank, where the Singer bureau was based

He has come to be famous for his plain-spoken and confidant persona but it hides a celebrity that is quick, intelligent and fiercely consistent to his wife, for whom he gave up the naval career he loved.

Prince Philip was the strange residence husband — he was benefaction at the birth of Prince Edward in 1964, brought up the stately children, done the decisions about their preparation and ran the stately estates for the Queen and, right from their beginning days together, he has been her useful supporter.

With no template for the consort’s role he had to play, Philip’s perspective has always been: “I just tried to find useful things to do.”

The Queen

Cheers to us . . . the Queen celebrates their 50th marriage anniversary at the Guildhall, London in 1977

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Happy couple . . . the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh applaud their Golden marriage anniversary

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He’s her man . . . Duke of Edinburgh has stood by the Queen’s side by joyous times and stately engagements

They lived a untroubled life when Philip was a Royal Navy officer, including being formed in Malta. But it had to come to an end.

The Princess was just 25 when she became Queen in 1952, much progressing than she or her husband of 5 years had been prepared to be bearing into such a role.

But while Elizabeth took centre stage, Philip was constantly there for her in the wings.

HER Majesty paid reverence to the critical role Prince Philip has played in her life during a landmark residence to both Houses of Parliament in 2012.

In the well-received speech, given as partial of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, she said: “During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, opposite the generations, been over measure.
“Prince Philip is, we believe, obvious for disappearing compliments of any kind.
“But via he has been a consistent strength and guide.”

He has always famous how bashful the Queen is and on the arise of her first TV promote she froze and zero the writer could do would relax her.

Philip came up with the suspicion of station behind the cameras and making her laugh, reminding her of a time he was chasing her along a mezzanine while wearing a outrageous set of fake teeth. At the memory of this stupidity she loose just as the cameras were rolling.

Prince Philip’s common beginnings — being innate on a dining room list on the Greek island of Corfu — confute his truly stately genes.



His English-born mother, Princess Alice of Battenburg, was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria. His father, Prince Andrew, was the stylish and rather raffish son of the King of Greece. Philip hereditary his yellow hair from his mom and his adore of the ridiculous from his father.

The immature Philip was brought up to have ideal English manners by his Nanny Roose, who saw to it that her immature charge had the latest in select babywear sent from England despite the family’s miss of funds.

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Adonis . . . Duke of Edinburgh as a immature man before his life of royalty

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Prince of tides . . . Prince Philip jumps from his water skis as he reaches the beach in Marmaris, Turkey, in Aug 1951

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Land of wish and excellence . . . Prince Philip at a Naval cooking on the Isle of Wight, Aug 1961

Trooping the Colour

Royal Family at Trooping the Colour in 2015

Stunning Princess Alice had been innate with a serious conference snag but could lip-read in 4 languages. Philip became a proficient linguist and a jester who desired showing off to make his mom laugh.

He used to mount on his conduct for visitors and despite his weak beginnings when the family were forced to rush Greece, staid happily in outcast in Paris and refused to let his miss of family fortitude impact him. (His mom went into hospital pang from schizophrenia and his father left for the Riviera.)

He had 4 older sisters who worshipped him, and his alliance to them helped him grow up with a singular bargain of women. They conversed in Greek, German, French and English.

With his Nordic good looks and his clarity of humour, as good as his glamorous European persona, Philip had girls flocking to his side.

Queen and Prince Philip feed bananas to elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

After he finished school, first in Paris then boarding school at Cheam, Surrey, and eventually Gordonstoun, Moray, he spent summers travelling from his sisters’ castles in Germany (they had all married German aristocrats) to his endless European relations’ villas.

He was always the many large child but he was also desirable and, maybe interjection to Nanny Roose, had a precocious clarity of right and wrong.

On one arise he was in the company of some of his European cousins and they were handing out presents. One child was left out as she was infirm and the others motionless she didn’t need toys.

Philip was angry and returned with his raise of toys, with his latest merger on the top, and deposited them at her feet.

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Tender moment . . . baby Anne seems to be trying to overpower doting father Philip in the first colour photo of the Princess, taken in 1951, in the arms of her mom the Queen. Her hermit Prince Charles in some-more meddlesome in the camera

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Top shawl . . . Duke of Edinburgh once pronounced of his wife Queen Elizabeth that she was so bashful he couldn’t get a word out of her

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Out and about . . . Prince Philip in Tuvalu in Oct 1982

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His peaceful side . . . Prince Philip was something of a James Bond impression in the Forties, but grew into marriage

He met the Queen at a marriage when she was 12 but the first genuine correlation they have of assembly any other was at that Royal Naval College revisit when Philip was reserved to chaperon 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth and her little sister, Princess Margaret.

He recalls revelation Elizabeth that she was so bashful he couldn’t get a word out of her. She recalls him wolfing down a picture of shrimps as if he had never seen food before. It was not the many romantic of beginnings but as they were cousins Philip was in and out of the immature princess’s life.


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He was something of a James Bond impression in the Forties. He desired quick cars, quick women and flirting with danger. But he had a peaceful side to him which prevented him from being a philanderer. He was, according to one admirer, “gay, scrupulous and confident”. It was the latter which was so overwhelming to women. One of his first girlfriends, Osla Benning, was a Canadian-born debutante, who fell in adore with the large naval officer.

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Royal brave . . . Prince Philip graphic in Jul 2001 after years of engagements

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Armed Forces . . . Prince Philip in Berlin in 1987

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By Royal appointment . . . in full regalia at the State Opening of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, during their 1977 Silver Jubilee tour

They exchanged letters but once Philip started to spend time at Windsor Castle and set his sights on the immature Princess Elizabeth, their attribute faded.

All the ladies Philip dignified were immature and beautiful. Society forms such as Sacha Abercorn, thespian Pat Kirkwood and thespian Helen Cordet were among many related to him. Even his cousin Princess Alexandra and long-time carriage-driving messenger Lady Brabourne are included.

Philip prefers the company of women. He is a shining dancer, smart and humorous — and flirtatious.

The late Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin and one of her oldest friends, suspicion the Queen had been harm by his flirtations.

She once said: “The Queen has been very bleeding by conference and reading of Philip and women. we consider overtly it must have harm her terribly, generally as she is a one-man lady who has never looked at anyone else.”

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Horsing around . . . Prince Philip attends the Windsor Horse Show in 1989

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On your bike . . . Prince Philip, wielding a mallet, perfects his polo technique on a pushbike at Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, in 1964

The stately couple . . . Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip married in 1947 and had 4 children

The stately couple . . . Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip married in 1947 and had 4 children

Driving into nightfall . . . Prince Philip has announced he will be station down from open engagements after 70 years of Royal service

Driving into nightfall . . . Prince Philip has announced he will be station down from open engagements after 70 years of Royal service

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Outdoorsy man . . . Prince Philip graphic wearing the central sweatshirt in Windsor Great Park

Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI’s private secretary Sir Tommy Lascelles, doubted Philip’s ability to stay faithful, and the Queen Mother had created to her new son-in-law asking for his declaration that he would “cherish” her daughter.

He replied that he had “fallen in adore totally and unreservedly” and betrothed that his aspiration was to coupling the two of them into a group that would be means to withstand all shocks destined at them.
He has been loyal to his word.

Nowadays the Queen loves having flattering women around to confuse Philip. She is secure in his adore and faithfulness and knows if he is happy, his mood will be spreading and make things much some-more pleasing for everybody.

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Charmer . . . Prince Philip shouting with Frank Sinatra, distant left, Ava Gardner, second from left, and show thespian Dorothy Kirsten, right, at a Variety bar advantage in 1951

After the startle of her father’s beforehand death in 1952, the Queen had to concede Philip to take over some of her maternal duties. More understanding than his disintegrating picture suggests, Philip took a endangered seductiveness in the births and upbringing of all his children.

He was at the Queen’s side for the birth of fourth child Edward in 1964. It was the first time in complicated story that any stately father had been allowed at a birth.

When he found custom meant his children would bear the name Windsor, rather than Mountbatten, he told the Queen furiously: “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children. I’m zero but a bloody amoeba.”

But he gritted his teeth and got on with it.

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At the races . . . Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

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Royal flypast . . . Prince Philip with Prince Edward on the Buckingham Palace balcony

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Best dressed? . . . Prince Philip shares a impertinent giggle next to pleasing Pippa Middleton at Prince William’s wedding

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Hat’s the way to do it . . . Duke of Edinburgh graphic at Horse Guards Parade in London in 2016

Prince Edward was innate in the lavatory of the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace, which had been converted into a delivery suite. The delivery was slower than they competence have hoped for. Philip’s good humour valid so profitable as he chided the 5 doctors and two midwives.

“It’s a honest suspicion that only a week ago General de Gaulle was having a bath in this room,” he pronounced when he walked into the lavatory and saw their dispirited faces.

It was pronounced in a whimsical way which immediately helped palliate the tension. That was, and still is, Prince Philip’s way of traffic with potentially tricky situations.

Behind the scenes he has always valid a role indication for his children and was a clinging confidante to Princess Diana, who called him “Pa”.

Prince Philip cracks a fun with guest who says he’s ‘sorry to hear he’s station down’

He helped the Queen by her grief when her silent and sister died in 2002, her Golden Jubilee year.
For her Diamond Jubilee it was Philip’s spin to need support when he was taken ill. When he was taken to hospital from Windsor Castle, the Queen looked at him and said: “Don’t you die on me.”

Ever understanding via the miracle celebrations, he replied: “Of march we won’t. Not until this is all over anyway!”

His faithfulness was and is to the Queen and the establishment of the monarchy. That will not change and she will still have his support from behind the scenes — where it always has been.


— Ingrid Seward is Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine and author of The Queen’s Speech, published by Simon Schuster.


He gave up Navy career for adore of his Queen

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Smart beginnings . . . Prince Philip as a lovable child in Greek inhabitant costume

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Studying tough . . . Prince Philip back to naval college after his wedding

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Ahoy m’hearty . . . Prince Philip as a hastily bearded Navy officer in 1945

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Ship figure . . . the Duke of Edinburgh, looking clean-cut in his naval uniform on the Med off Malta in Oct 1949, after having been done First Lieutenant on HMS Chequers

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Look of adore . . . Prince Philip escorts his new bride Elizabeth out of Westminster Abbey on Nov 20, 1947

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Always by her side . . . Arm-in-arm and gazing into any others eyes, honeymooners Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip enjoy a wander at his uncle’s home, Broadlands, Hampshire

Action man was ideal family man

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Plain sailing . . . Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth on house the destroyer Crusader, firm for Victoria in British Columbia on their 1951 Commonwealth tour

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Best foot brazen . . . appropriately-dressed Prince Philip is clearly enjoying a country dance with Princess Elizabeth in Ottawa on their revisit to Canada in 1951

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Poignant . . . Prince Philip admires the perspective from a overpass at Sagana Lodge in Kenya on the eve of the death of the Princess’s father George VI in 1952

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Fun time . . . a immature Charles and Anne being pushed on a pitch by their father Prince Philip in the grounds of Balmoral in the 1950s

Surrounded by A-listers, the Prince still exuded a special star quality

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He’s my leader . . . the Queen beams with honour as she presents her jubilant husband with a prize after a feat on the polo margin in 1957

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Family wander . . . with, left to right, Prince Edward, the Queen, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Charles in the Windsor Estate in 1968

Stepping out with the family

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Making waves . . . happy salutes from the Queen, holding a immature Prince Edward, husband Philip, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and Princess Anne from the stairs of stately shelter Frogmore House in Windsor in Apr 1965

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Star spin . . . Prince Philip in London assembly Cliff Richard, Britt Ekland and Jack Hawkins at a Royal Command Performance of Move Over Darling in Apr 1964

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Off avocation . . . Prince Philip wearing a confidant Hawaiian top with the Queen aboard Britannia during their china marriage celebrations in 1972

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Reality royals . . . the Duke, Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne meet US President Nixon during the filming of a BBC documentary, The Royal Family, in 1968

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Totally clinging . . . cosying up for their honeyed marriage photo at Balmoral in 1972 – a amatory snap used for a Silver Jubilee stamp in Oz 5 years later

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Tickled by the troops . . . the Duke and Queen giggle at the responsibility of recruits behaving for them at a military stay in Wales, in May 1963

The Prince and the showgirls

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Eye for the ladies . . . Prince Philip looks gratified as punch to meet showgirls from hit low-pitched Chicago at London’s Adelphi Theatre in 1999

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Day at the races . . . clean-cut in his top shawl and tails, the Duke is seen low in review with daughter-in-law Diana at the 1986 Ascot Gold Cup

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TV send-up . . . the rubber puppet of Philip was a unchanging on satirical TV show Spitting Image, poking fun at his bent to put his foot in it

First among equals as an entertainer

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Back in the saddle . . . Prince opts for the high-octane thrills of a gorilla bike at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2005

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Giddy up . . . racing fan Prince Philip shows his fad as he clenches his fist to hearten on his equine at the 2013 Epsom Derby

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School’s out . . . inspecting a primary class’s display at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, with The Sun’s gardening guru Peter Seabrook

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Revealing demeanour . . . phenomenon a board to symbol a new behaving humanities trickery at Richmond Adult Community College in South-West London in 2015

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Nice to see you . . . pity a fun with maestro hostess Bruce Forsyth following the 2012 Royal Variety Performance at London’s Albert Hall

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Duke and the diva . . . with thespian Shirley Bassey at a Royal Albert Hall unison in 2001 for the 45th anniversary of his Duke of Edinburgh Awards

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Hollywood kingship . . . Prince Philip in review with film star Gwyneth Paltrow at the launch of Mayfair’s Arts Club in 2011

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Pop enthusiast . . . the Prince with thespian Kylie Minogue after presenting her with the Britain-Australia Society Award for 2016 last month

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