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On 10th June 2011, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate his 90th birthday. He was born a Prince of Greece and Denmark at Villa Mon Repos, Corfu on 10th June 1921, the only son and youngest child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his wife Princess Alice of Battenberg, but renounced his Royal title when he became a naturalised British subject in 1947, adopting his maternal grandfather’s surname of Mountbatten. At the time of his engagement to Princess Elizabeth he was known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, RN.
After 1939 when he completed his naval training, Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy. By the time of his father-in-law King George VI’s death in 1952 he had reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander, being promoted to Commander in June 1952. From July 1951 The Duke of Edinburgh took up no further active naval appointments owing to Princess Elizabeth’s increased Royal responsibilities. He was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet on 15th January 1953. At the same time he became Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force.
Shortly before his marriage to Princess Elizabeth on 20th November 1947, King George VI gave him the titles of The Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. The style of His Royal Highness was also authorised shortly before his marriage. He is most commonly known as HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen accorded him the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom on 22nd February 1957.
The Duke’s full title is HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, KG (Knight of the Garter), KT (Knight of the Thistle), OM (Order of Merit), GBE (Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire), AC (Companion of the Order of Australia), QSO (Companion of The Queen’s Service Order), PC (Privy Counsellor).
In addition to his British decorations he has been awarded many foreign orders and decorations: View details for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip is only the second person to bear the title ‘Duke of Edinburgh’. The first was his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, second son and fourth child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince Philip’s youngest son, Prince Edward, will take the title on his death. He is the United Kingdom’s longest-serving consort and oldest serving spouse of a reigning British monarch.
His father’s family is well documented in Burke’s Guide to the Royal Family, but his mother’s family of Battenberg was a morganatic branch of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt, who having settled in the United Kingdom they changed their surname to Mountbatten. The maternal lineage of Prince Philip is found under MILFORD HAVEN and can be traced using Burke’s Peerage.
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