17 things you didn't know about Prince Philip

People are celebrating the life of Prince Philip after his death was announced this morning.

The Duke of Edinburgh died today at Windsor Castle.

He previously led a full life that took him from Corfu to Buckingham Palace, via France, War Cambridge, and several other places along the way.

He was also related to Queen Victoria and, believe it or not, was worshiped as a god on an island.

Here are some facts about the Duke:

1. He was born in Corfu in 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice von Battenberg.

2. The islanders of Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific, worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god. Vanuatu used to be the Anglo-French condominium of the New Hebrides that Prince Philip visited in 1971.

3. The duke was also related to kings of Prussia and emperors of Russia. The Duke renounced his Greek royal title in 1947 and became a naturalized British subject after serving in the Royal Navy.

4. The Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen are both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. The Duke is a direct descendant of Princess Alice, Queen Victoria’s third child. The Queen is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria’s eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII).

5. The Duke was on active service in the Royal Navy during World War II.

6. In addition to the title of Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness had the titles of Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. All three titles were awarded by King George VI in 1947. The Queen made her husband Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

7. The Duke learned to fly all types of aircraft. He received his RAF wing in 1953, his helicopter wing in 1956 and his private pilot’s license in 1959.

8. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and International Award were established by the Duke to provide young people with new experiences, including physical, skills-based and community challenges. Since 1956, more than four million young people from over 90 countries have participated.

9. Prince Philip has accompanied the Queen on all 251 of her official visits abroad. The first of these was the Commonwealth Coronation Tour from November 1953 to May 1954, when they visited countries in the Caribbean, Australasia, Ceylon, Africa and Europe and covered a distance of 43,618 miles.

10. He performed over 18,567 official commitments, excluding those accompanying the Queen, an average of 371 per year.

11. The Duke of Edinburgh has an official paint color – dark green known as “Edinburgh Green”.

12. The Duke of Edinburgh played a key role in the restoration of Windsor Castle after the great fire of 1992. He was chairman of the General Restoration Committee, one of the two committees that oversaw the reconstruction of the damaged rooms.

13. The Duke of Edinburgh was the first member of the royal family to be interviewed on television in May 1961.

14. The Duke has also presented television programs, including a BBC broadcast in May 1957 of his four and a half month tour of the Commonwealth.

15. His Royal Highness lived in France for seven years as a boy and still speaks the language well.

16. The Duke of Edinburgh was Chancellor of Cambridge (1976-), Edinburgh (1952-), Salford (1967-91) and Wales (1948-76) Universities. He is also a Life Governor of King’s College, London.

17. His grandfather was a Prince of Denmark who became King of Greece.


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