10 JUN 2020
99th Birthday of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
Today sees the 99th birthday of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (b.1921), Mountbatten’s nephew.
Prince Philip was born on 10th June 1921 on the kitchen table at Villa 'Mon Repos', Corfu, Greece, the only son and fifth child of Prince Andrew of Greece & Denmark (1882-1944) and Princess Andrew of Greece & Denmark, formerly Princess Alice of Battenberg, subsequently Mother Superior Alice-Elizabeth of the Christian Sisterhood of Martha and Mary (1885-1969). As someone who never likes to talk about himself, and dislikes “fuss”, the day has passed with little public celebration. The Duke is the oldest and longest-lived descendant of both Queen Victoria (1819(1837-1901) – the “Grandmother of Europe”, and King Christian IX of Denmark (1818-1906) – the “Father-in-Law of Europe” and is the longest-serving Consort of any British Sovereign and the oldest ever male member of the British Royal Family.
Prince Philip has been ‘shielding’ in lockdown with HM The Queen (who herself is 94yrs old) at Windsor Castle, during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic for their safety.