Drama Persona in this post which might help a little:
|His Royal Highness,|
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh and his wife, The Queen – need no introduction: I hope!
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark (1882 – 1944), was the Duke’s father and brother to the King of Greece, King Constantine – he married:
Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885 – 1969), later Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. She was a great granddaughter of Queen Victoria and had been born at Windsor Castle.
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Mountbatten (1900 – 1979), known as Lord Mountbatten, was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria and had strong influence among the royals.
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Background to Prince Philip’s life …
|Panoramic view of Old Town Corfu: it is on the|
north western edge of Greece; the island is in the Ionian Sea
|Mon Repos, where the Prince was born|
A revolutionary court banished Prince Andrew from Greece for life … the family was evacuated, with Prince Philip being carried in a cot made from a fruit box – they went to France.
|Prince Andrew in 1913|
portrait by Philip Laszlo
(the Duke's father)
He had watched while his parents’ lives unravelled … his mother turned to God, being incarcerated for some years with schizophrenia, while his father sank to the earthly solace of the gambling tables: the Duke did not have an easy childhood … his emotional abilities being severely curtailed.
|Princess Alice in 1903|
(the Duke's mother)
A member of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg, Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families: now please study European history! – also don’t rely on me as being definitively correct!
|Salem Abbey c 1765|
Prince Maximilian’s son, Berthold, married Princess Theodora, daughter of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. Prince Berthold thus became the brother-in-law of the Duke of Edinburgh.
|Windsor Castle and part of the Great Park|
The Duke’s family, including his mother, Princess Alice, were now based in Britain on the Windsor estate … while other family members still lived in Denmark, Germany and Greece …
His four elder sisters had married German noblemen, moved to Germany … complicating matters further …
|Gordonstoun School logo|
During the 2nd World War he continued to serve in the British forces, while two of his brothers-in-law fought on the opposing German side.
|Australians stoking boilers|
He served valiantly and was acknowledged, yet duties of lesser glory also beckoned … including stoking the boilers of a troop ship.
|Prince Philip in naval uniform - when he was|
resident in Malta 1949
He was an exceptional student … being promoted to Commander in 1952; he had completed his naval career in July 1951 – after King George VI, his father-in-law’s, death in February that year.
|King Christian IX -|
by Henrik Olrik
Prince Philip and the Queen are second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark and third cousins through Queen Victoria; while they had met in 1934 and 1937 at family ‘dooos’!
|Naval College at Dartmouth|
They met again at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939 – the Queen was 13, the Prince was 18 ... and they began to exchange letters. The romance flourished – no doubt encouraged by Lord Mountbatten, who was very ambitious for himself, but also for his charge, his nephew – Philip.
Lord Mountbatten was known as His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg … his sister, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark, who was the unfortunate lady banished from Greece with her husband (Prince Philip's parents).
Lord Mountbatten was born at Frogmore House on the Windsor estate … where the family dropped their German styles and titles. He was an uncle to Prince Philip, while also a second cousin once removed to Elizabeth II.
Lord Mountbatten’s role in the affairs of the Royals was quite extensive, especially as he was related and had a distinguished service career in the Navy and Governmental administration – being admired by some, not so keenly by others.
Mountbatten as Commander of the destroyer HMS Kelly in 1939 was at Dartmouth Navy College for the visit of King George VI and his family … asked the Duke of Edinburgh to escort and entertain the two princesses, while their parents were taken round the ship: the trap was set …
Elizabeth was hooked … and when she was 21 after the end of World War II, their engagement was announced.
It was a wee problem … Philip had no financial standing, he had been stateless after being exiled in his cot from Greece, was foreign-born (though a British subject, who had served in the Royal Navy), but had sisters married to German noblemen with Nazi links.
|Newlyweds in 1947|
He apparently was impeccably polite and the Queen Mother said that he was ‘an English gentleman’ … before the marriage he renounced his Greek and Danish titles, converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism, and adopted the style Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten … taking the surname of his mother’s British family.
Just before the wedding in 1947 he was created Duke of Edinburgh and granted the style His Royal Highness.
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A is for the Accession, on 6 February 1952, of his wife, then Her Royal Highness, The Princess Elizabeth, when she became Her Majesty The Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms.
|In their film they had a good choice|
of foods ... but cooked simply and
with salads etc ...
B is for BBQ … the Duke loves to barbecue … stoking the coals readying for the actual cooking of whatever is on offer. He loves his food and will eat anything … except oysters while on public duty.
C is for Childhood and Corfu … he finds it difficult to show loving emotion – something that goes back to that difficult childhood … for someone of Prince Philip’s background difficult to change and adjust to …
D is for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme … which was based on one of the schemes started by Kurt Hahn at Gordonstoun … to help youngsters from all walks of life achieve in all forms of activities – physical, life skills to expeditions - and to offer them hope for their future.
|Taken for the Queen's 90th birthday|
this year - at Windsor
D is for Dogs – or not … as the Duke really does not like the Queen’s Welsh corgis!
|Loves his Event Riding|
E is for the Equestrian Event of Carriage Driving … a sport the Duke took up after he gave up polo. He began driving ponies, before progressing to Cleveland Bay horses. He has been competing since 1973.
|Old Elizabethan Recipes - whether he|
would have this in his cookery library I'm
unsure - but definitely a Mrs Beeton, and a
Larousse - and probably BBQ books
F is for Food … he is fond of good food and has a large selection of cookery books in his library. He enjoys a half of lager rather than wine.
G is for Greece and Gordonstoun … and the apes of Gibraltar – the terminology that he used to described the media!
H is for the Queen’s handbag, which contains only her specs and a lipstick, while the Duke carries a driving licence, credit cards and a passport.
… and for Helicopters … he’s given up flying those, but will still take the fixed-wing aircraft up and bring it down when it’s time to land …
I is for Indefatigable, Intelligent, a man of Integrity, Industrious, Irascible, sometimes Intolerant … a mix of all things good for her Majesty – he is her rock.
J is for Joy … their marriage has been extremely successful – he’s had to adapt … and despite walking two steps behind his wife, as protocol requires …
... has created many necessary projects for himself … overseeing the
royal properties; setting up charities; touring and encouraging others.
One man was ecstatic – Lord Mountbatten … the schemer, who was creating a dynasty through the marriage.
|The Queen and her heirs - Prince Philip being the father,|
grandfather and great-grandfather (and Prince Consort)
One man was ecstatic – Lord Mountbatten … the schemer, who was creating a dynasty through the marriage.
K is for not the King – the husband of a queen is known as a Prince consort …
L is for Laptop … during the journey in the aircraft under “H” above … he will retire to the back of the plane where he can work at his desk on his laptop.
... L is for Languages … the Duke speaks English and French, has a spattering of German, but very little Greek …
M is for Mountbatten – which is the surname Prince Philip took from his mother’s family … in preparation for his marriage to the Queen.
N is for Name … with the Queen’s accession, it seemed probable that the royal house would bear her husband’s name, becoming the House of Mountbatten, in line with the custom of a wife taking her husband’s surname on marriage.
|Punch Cartoon 1917|
"A Good Riddance" - sweeping away
the German titles held by the members
of his family
Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister, and the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, favoured the retention of the House of Windsor – this was confirmed. The House of Windsor had been founded by Queen Mary’s husband, King George V, in 1917 … when the King changed the name of the British Royal Family from the German Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the English Windsor.
The Duke, perhaps understandably – as he hadn’t, at that stage, adjusted to all the protocols of royal life – complained, “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children.” Queen Mary died in 1953, and Churchill resigned in 1955 … the way was open for a change – in 1960 the surname Mountbatten-Windsor could be and has been used by some of the Queen’s children and grandchildren.
|Prince Philip in one of|
O is for Occupied … always occupied, always busy, always interested and always involved … he has a positive mental attitude, stays cognitively and physically active, which seems to have maintained him for his 95 years.
... O is for Outspoken and Opinionated … he may casually be outspoken and make controversial remarks … but they are usually made with a twinkle in his eye … with laughter following on …
P is for Patron … of over 800 organisations and serves as Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for young people.
|The Queen at breakfast|
... P is for Painting Landscapes in oils … as he withdraws from ‘executive responsibilities’ he is finding more time for this hobby.
|Having a good laugh|
Q is for Her Majesty, ‘the Queen’ – his wife … ‘Lilibet’ as he calls her …
R is for Radio – their marriage ceremony was broadcast throughout the world by radio. It was the Duke who insisted that the Coronation of the Queen should be broadcast over the new medium, that is television – and which in the 21st century has been digitally enhanced, so we can see it in colour: a forward thinking Duke.
|Princess Anne with her father - she is a|
chip off the old block (and the equestrian in the
family - while her daughter Zara is also an
S is for Sports … the Duke loves his sports … he gave up polo in 1971, taking up carriage riding, which he continues to this day. He also shoots grouse, preferring that to stalking, or fishing on the River Dee while in Balmoral.
S is for Science and Technology ... for Consorts of Queens apparently: Prince Albert also thought forward ... the same impulse for the future that 70 years later, the next Prince Consort embraced.
Prince Philip has been tireless in his promotion of British industry, British engineering and British Science. He has always kept himself up to date with scientific progress ...
T is for Time Wasters – he cannot tolerate those … Princess Anne has the same tendencies …
U is for Upheaval of his early life, but U is for Union of the Queen and the Prince –that mutually comfortable couple.
|This green van is in Copenhagen ... used for|
sweeping up after the horses used in Parades
V is for Van – a little green electric one made for the Duke so he can be driven to his London engagements. I think the Duke would be amazed at this particular van ... for sweeping up the horse droppings for the Danish Royal family and court.
W is for Windsor and the other estates: Sandringham and Balmoral … which Prince Philip runs.
|The edge of Balmoral Castle|
The extensive kitchen garden grows flowers, fruit and vegetables for the house: whatever’s not used is frozen or made into jam at the end of the season.
… and W for Work – he never stops working … he is president or an honorary member of 850 organisations and attends more than 500 public functions every year.
Y is for Yachts … Seamanship has been a main part of the curriculum since the school began – the Duke’s early sea days … leading to his ultimate title of Commodore ...
|Zara Phillips - the Duke's granddaughter|
Z is for Zara Phillips – the Duke’s daughter’s (Princess Anne's) child … Zara attended Gordonstoun School; when she married Mike Tindall … she wore the Meander tiara – the tiara belonged to her great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
|The happy couple|
That is an ABC on His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh as we usually know him ...
Her Majesty's Rock ... and I'm sure he is ... on hand at all times to help her, be with her, and share the things that make up life.
A very happy birthday to the Prince on his 95th birthday on Friday 10 June ... and to many continued years together ...
NB no post (phew you all say!) til the 26th ... when I might have connectivity or not - as the case may be after the move ...
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