The Duke of Edinburgh – that King of Consorts ... who is the longest serving royal consort in British history ... now at over 61 years, as he stepped into the role on 6 February 1952 ... when the news reached the royal couple on safari in Kenya ... that King George VI had died.
There were troublesome times ... but the Queen had her eyes set on him since she was 13 ... though the sparks flew in the early days with life and the courtiers, they seem to have settled into what has to be one of the great royal marriages in British history.
They are lucky to have been together for so long ... and to respect each other’s roles. The Queen has been exemplary in her duty ... while Prince Philip has adjusted to managing the household and family life, he has also carved out a very successful ‘career’ for himself with his charity and environmental work.
He founded the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, getting involved with literally hundreds of organisations, from the National Playing Fields Association to the World Wide Fund for Nature.
He has modernised the way the Palace operated and has been a great support to the Queen through the trials and tribulations that have touched the family ...
... the Windsor Castle fire, the Prince of Wales’s divorce, however letters to Diana, Princess of Wales, revealed the Duke to be more sympathetic and caring than he is often given credit for ... and he has a wicked and fun sense of humour, creating much laughter - a needed characteristic in all our lives ...
|Coat of Arms of Philip,|
Duke of Edinburgh
Through all the troubles the Queen’s husband has been her rock, as she readily acknowledges. The monarchy has been a success and I’m sure that’s in no small part to the Duke’s appreciation of human society and the way Britain has had to adapt to its history.
It’s interesting I read my post of a year ago, when the Prince had again been hospitalised, and mentioned that if I was his wife I would want to be at his bedside ... as I did with my mother and uncle.
|Canada Gate entrance to|
Having had a rethink or realignment of a think (!) ... I realised that from a patient’s point of view – it’s the trust you can put in your loved ones ... in my case – my mother knew I’d always be there, while I was able to ensure she had visits from healing therapists, whose visits she enjoyed – but when she was ill ... I’d be there, always.
A great friend of my mother’s had said – she’s put her trust in you ... and actually that’s something for a mother to do with her daughter – the role reversal ... but it worked. I had thought about how lucky, and knew that, I was in the circumstances ...
|Prince Philip's painting of his wife|
at breakfast (1957)
... then I thought about the Queen carrying on ‘as if nothing had happened’ while her husband was and once again is in hospital ... but it comes down to trust.
The Queen I’m sure would prefer to be there ... and will be visiting today, I understand, but in the meantime a member of the family, or trusted advisor will be ‘around’ ... and of course she will be kept informed.
So though it may seem odd to us lesser mortals – at times, when the trust is in place, it is unnecessary to be hovering ... as we all know as humans (bloggers and writers!) waiting around does us no good!!
London is going to get two gun salutes today ...
· the first a 41-round Royal Salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Green Park at noon ...
· followed, an hour later, by a 62-round Salute by the Honourable Artillery Company at the Tower of London.
|Green Park in Spring, with Buckingham Palace in the|
Happy Birthday to a resting Prince ... it seems they needed to ensure some much needed rest was on the cards ... so I hope he’s having a few zizzes and recovering ...
Just hope he doesn’t get shocked awake by the Salutes taking place!!
My post on Prince Philip's birthday last year, our Jubilee year
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