According to Buckingham Palace, his Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh died on the morning of Friday, April 9, 2021, at the age of 99.
A statement from Buckingham Palace said:
It is with deep sorrow that her majesty the queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, his royal highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, his royal highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor castle.
In order to celebrate Prince Philip’s life, here are 5 interesting facts about his Royal Highness.
1. Prince Philip wasn’t born on his birthday
Philip was born at the summer retreat of the Greek royal family, Mon Repos on the island of Coru off the west coast of Greece in 1921.
At the time, Greece was still using the Julian calendar and didn’t adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1923.
The difference between the two means that in his home country he was actually born on May 28, not June 10.
2. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are not only spouses but are also cousins.
They are cousins via two separate family lines.
First, they are third cousins through Queen Victoria of Great Britain.
They are also second cousins once removed via King Christian IX of Denmark.
3. Prince Philip was one of the youngest Lieutenants in the history of the navy.
In October 1942, Philip was promoted to the first lieutenant of HMS Wallace.
He was only 21 years old, which made the prince one of the youngest first lieutenants of the Royal Navy.
4. Prince Philip first member of the British Royal Family ever interviewed on TV
Philip was interviewed on the BBC’s flagship current affairs program, Panorama on May 29, 1961.
5. Why he missed the birth of Prince Charles
While the Queen performed 30 hours of labour giving birth to Prince Charles, Philip passed the time by playing squash and swimming with a friend.
He was cleaning himself when a footman informed him of his first child’s birth.
May Prince Philip’s soul rest in peace.