Prince Philip at 99 the childhood years
On the 99th birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh husband of Queen Elizabeth II, we take a look back at his extraordinary life.
Our story follows him through his schooling, his exploits during the war years of the World War II up until his marriage to his childhood sweetheart, the future queen of England.
Born in Greece, given the name of Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, on the 10th June 1921, exiled from Greece along with his family when only an infant, Prince Philip would spend most of his childhood years being shunted between friends and family while at the same time, completing his education in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
In 1939 at the outbreak of the II Second World War, he joined the Royal Navy as a very young 18-year-old sub-lieutenant and served with much courage and distinction in both the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets; it was while here that he started corresponding with 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had met back in 1934.
At the close of the II World War, the now dashing Royal Naval Commander, Prince Phillip, gained the permission of George VI, to marry his wartime sweetheart, Princess Elizabeth on the condition that he would renounce his Greek and Danish royal titles and become a naturalised British subject.
After renouncing his Greek and Danish titles, he then took up the surname of Mountbatten, the name of his maternal grandparents. The betrothal followed in July 1947, with the marriage taking place on the 20 November 1947, Just before the marriage ceremony he was given the title of Baron Greenwich, Earl of Merioneth and Duke of Edinburgh, he would become a British Prince only after leaving military service in 1957.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip sired four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward thus ensuring the line of succession to the Royal Crown. At this point, it would be amiss if I did not mention all of which the young Prince had given up when marrying into the Royal Family, his family name, his royal titles to mention just two.
As a result and probably to appease such losses, in 1960, through a British order in Council all descendants of the Queen and Prince Philip, who do not ho