Prince Philip celebrates his 98th birthday

Happy birthday, Sir! Royal Family shares touching tributes to Prince Philip as he turns 98 – including a dashing portrait and a picture with young Charles in 1951

  • Prince Philip, who was born on 10 June 1921, celebrates his 98th birthday today
  • Duke of Edinburgh was congratulated by various royal social media accounts 
  • Clarence House posted a picture of Philip with son Charles aged 2 in 1951
  • The Kensington Royal and Duke of York Instagrams also sent their well wishes 

The Duke of Edinburgh, who the longest serving consort in British history, is celebrating his 98th birthday.

The Queen’s husband, who was born on the 10 June 1921, was born into the Greek and Danish royal families and married Elizabeth 1947, and they went on to welcome Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

And today Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Clarence House and the Duke of York’s official Twitter account marked the occasion by sending birthday wishes to the royal patriarch.

Clarence House posted an image of a two-year-old Prince Charles holding his father’s hand after greeting him following his return home from a trip to Malta in 1951.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who the longest serving consort in British history, is celebrating his 98th birthday and received well wishes from the Clarence House Twitter account, who shared a picture of two-year-old Prince Charles holding his father’s hand after greeting him following his return home from a trip to Malta in 1951

The Royal Family’s social media accounts marked the occasion by sending birthday wishes to the royal patriarch.

Meanwhile The Royal Family’s Instagram account posted a picture of Philip in 1953, alongside one of the Duke at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding this year.

Captioning the post, they wrote: ‘Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very Happy 98th Birthday!

‘The Duke of Edinburgh was born on this day in 1921. In the first picture HRH is pictured at Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston’s wedding this year.

‘In the second picture His Royal Highness was photographed in 1953, 66 years ago.’

 

Meanwhile The Royal Family’s Instagram account posted a picture of Philip in 1953, seen, alongside one of the Duke at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding this year. They captioned the post: ‘Wishing His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very Happy 98th Birthday!’

Kensington Royal posted a picture of the Queen and Philip, seen at the Queen’s 90th birthday, in 2016.

Meanwhile Kensington Royal’ s Instagram account, that of William and Kate, shared a picture of the Queen and Philip, writing: ‘Wishing a very Happy 98th Birthday to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh!’.

Princess Eugenie posted a sweet update, sharing a picture of her attending Trooping the Colour as a child alongside ‘grandpa’. 

‘Happy Birthday to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. I found a couple of classic photographs of Grandpa and I on Christmas Day and Trooping the Colour a few years ago now’, she wrote.

Philip, who has been married to the Queen for more than 71 years, is edging closer to his milestone 100th birthday in 2021.

He was spotted in good form last month, laughing and joking with other members of the royal family at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding.

Gun salutes will be fired in his honour by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in London’s Hyde Park at noon, as the British Army put the final preparations in place.

‘Horses fed and exercised, uniforms prepared boots and Guns polished to a mirror shine,’ the Army said, also sending the duke congratulations via Twitter.

It added: ‘This is the last anniversary Salute till late Autumn so we are determined to make it a good one.’

The Royal Family shared their well wishes on Twitter too, posting a picture of Philip alongside soldiers

The Duke of York also payed his respects to Philip, posting a picture of a gun salute on Twiter

While the Queen had a busy set of engagements last week, entertaining US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and attending the Trooping the Colour celebrations, Philip will have been enjoying his time away from the limelight.

As expected, the duke, who retired from public duties in 2017 after decades of royal service, did not take part in the official events as part of the US state visit and did not meet Mr Trump behind the scenes.

He was left a personalised Air Force One jacket as a gift from Mr Trump and the First Lady.

Philip mostly stays at Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, where he busies himself by reading, painting, meeting friends and staying active.

He still enjoys carriage-driving and was seen at the reins at the Windsor Horse Show in May.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also took to Instagram to share their well wishes for William’s grandfather

Princess Eugenie posted a sweet update, sharing a picture of her attending Trooping the Colour as a child alongside ‘grandpa’

The Queen and Philip recently welcomed a new great-grandchild – their eighth – with the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Philip, alongside the monarch, Harry, Meghan and the duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, appeared in a family photograph with the latest addition to the Windsor family when Archie was only two days old.

Other family celebrations over the past year have included the wedding of the Queen and the duke’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, to Jack Brooksbank in October, and the Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday in November.

The duke made a rare appearance at a royal engagement early in May, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle.

Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) and the Duke of Edinburgh, on honeymoon, photographed in the grounds of Broadlands looking at their wedding photographs, 23/11/1947

Queen Elizabeth II poses on her coronation day at Buckingham Palace with Philip in the background

In April, he became the third oldest royal in British history, overtaking Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone who was 97 years and 10 months when she died in 1981.

The duke had a dramatic start to 2019 when he was involved in a serious car crash.

The Land Rover Freelander he was driving flipped over after being hit by another vehicle carrying two women and a baby near the Sandringham estate in January.

The duke, who was miraculously unhurt, had to be rescued through the window by a passing motorist. 

The duke later apologised for his part in the incident and voluntarily surrendered his licence, with the Crown Prosecution Service saying he would face no further action.

He is still legally allowed to drive around private royal estates and has been seen doing so in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The duke, who retired from public duties in 2017 after decades of royal service enjoys carriage-driving and was seen at the reins at the Windsor Horse Show in May

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born on the island of Corfu on June 10 1921 to Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg.

His early years were marked by upheaval after the family went into exile following a military coup in Greece which overthrew Philip’s uncle, King Constantine I.

He moved to England to stay with relatives and study at Cheam Prep School in 1928, before spending a year at Salem School in south Germany, then finally enrolling at Gordonstoun School in Morayshire.

Philip went on to join the Royal Navy and, while a cadet, he caught the eye of a 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth.

He served with distinction during the Second World War and his friendship with the princess grew into love.

They married two years after the end of the war.

Within five years, George VI had died and Princess Elizabeth had become Queen.

The duke, who is known for his no-nonsense approach and acerbic wit, is the longest-serving consort in British history and also the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch.

The Queen and Philip recently welcomed a new great-grandchild – their eighth – with the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Seen left to right: Prince Philip, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth, Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle

 

Source: Read Full Article