Prince Philip Obituary

By Teresa Zhang

April 21, 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, formerly of Greece and Denmark, died in his home in Windsor Castle on April 9 at the age of 99. He was a 1940 graduate of the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He went on to serve in the British Royal Navy in World War II, where he was eventually promoted to First Lieutenant. Philip renounced his Greece and Denmark royal claims and citizenship, became a British citizen in 1947, and later married the future Queen Elizabeth II in the same year. He was Prince Consort for more than 60 years before he retired from his royal duties in 2017.

Philip was a sports enthusiast, having played polo in his youth and taking up carriage riding in his later years. He was also involved in various charitable foundations, having helped found The Duke of Edinburgh Award, in addition to the Australian Conservation Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund, the latter of which he served as the organization’s UK president from 1961 to 1982 and the international president from 1981 to 1996. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; their daughter, Anne, Princess Royal; their eldest son, Charles, Prince Wales; their second son, Andrew, Duke of York; and their youngest son, Edward, Earl of Wessex. He is additionally survived by his eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. (For more information about Prince Philip’s genealogy and extended family, click here.)

Funeral services started on Saturday, April 17 at 2:45 p.m and took place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle after a short procession in a Land Rover specifically designed by the late prince. The burial was at Frogmore Gardens.