Typically on Friday’s I would normally discuss a fashion related topic. However I am veering off that path today to honor Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on his passing.
Prince Philip was born as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in June of 1921. His family was exiled from Greece when he was 18 months old. Being educated in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939. That same year he began corresponding with Princess Elizabeth, who was thirteen years old. After World War II, King George VI gave permission for the two to wed.
Their marriage was announced in July 1947, and Philip became a naturalized British citizen. Philip left active military service in 1952, when Elizabeth became queen. He was a commander in the navy and was made a British prince in 1957. Philip and Elizabeth wed in November of 1947.
Contrary to rumors over the years, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip had a strong relationship throughout their marriage, despite the challenges of Elizabeth’s reign. The Queen has often said that Prince Philip was her “constant strength and guide”.
Prince Philip was a patron of over 800 organization, particularly focused on the environment, industry, sport, and education. He officially retired from his royal duties in 2017, aged 96, after having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Queen Elizabeth, and the royal family on the passing of Prince Philip. I hope they find peace in the memories and life they shared with him.