Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

The EFL was saddened to study of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the age of 99.

Husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II, he was born on 10 June 1921, into Greek and Danish royal households.

Leaving Greece aged just one-and-a-half, Philip spent his early years in France earlier than attending the Royal Naval Faculty at Dartmouth. Throughout a glittering navy career spanning over 13 years of energetic service, Philip would attain the rank of Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshall and Marshall of the Royal Air Pressure.

The primary assembly between Philip and Elizabeth got here when the future Queen was just 13 years of age, when he was coaching as a Navy Cadet. Quick forward to 1947 and the pair had introduced their engagement upon the end of World War Two.

The Royal Wedding ceremony, a national celebration recognized as we speak, was born. In a primary of its type, over 2,500 company had been in attendance at Westminster Abbey, with thousands and thousands watching the ceremony on tv for the primary time.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth would go on to have 4 youngsters; son and first inheritor, Prince Charles, daughter Anne arrived in 1950, while sons Andrew and Edward adopted in 1960 and 1964 respectively. 

Patron of over 800 organisations, Philip held in excessive regard the encouragement of sport and the welfare of young individuals. In 1956, he launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, a charity impressed to remodel the lives of young individuals from all walks of life.

That appreciation of sport has continued over the years, with Prince Philip in attendance for the 1966 World Cup Final, and additionally visiting troops of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at Lille Barracks in Aldershot to current the ‘Manchester Cup’.

He additionally regularly travelled the country to open new buildings and structure, formally opening the Emirates Stadium – home to Arsenal – in 2006, and has offered trophies at among the world’s greatest sporting occasions, together with Wimbledon, the Rugby World Cup and FA Cup, the place he offered 1985 winners Manchester United with their medals.

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