Thursday, 14 April 2016

Prince Philip - Bio

Full Name: Philip

Title: Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich (Formerly, Prince of Greece and Denmark)

Birth: 10 June 1921 at Mon Repos in Corfu, Greece

Monarchs during life:
  • Greece
    • Constantine I, George II, Paul I, Constantine II, (Monarchy Abolished)
  • UK
    • George V, Edward VIII, George VI, & Queen Elizabeth II

Relationship to current monarch:
  • Greece
    • King Constantine II's first cousin-once-removed
  • UK
    • Queen Elizabeth II's Husband
Place in line of succession:
  • Greece
    • At Birth: ?
    • Current: Renounced 
  • UK
    • At Birth: Not in Line of Succession
    • Current: Not in Line of Succession
Religion: Church of England (Formerly Greek Orthodox)
  • Christening: at St. George's Church in the Old Fortress (Palaio Frourio) in Corfu town, Greece
    • God-parents: 
      • Queen Olga of Greece (Grandmother)
      • The Mayor of Corfu
  • God Children: 20+ godchildren in total
    • Crown Princess Margareta of Romania (1949)
    • Annabel Margaret Rhodes (1952)
    • George Windsor (1965)
    • Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark (1986)

  • Parents:  Prince Andrew (d. 1944) and Princess Alice (d. 1969)
    • Siblings: Margarita, Theodora, Cecilie, and Sophie
  • Marriage: Married then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey
  • Children:
    • Prince Charles (1948)
    • Princess Anne (1950)
    • Prince Andrew (1960)
    • Prince Edward (1964)

  • Britannia Royal Naval College (UK)

Job: Full-time Royal

  • British Royal Navy

Books Written:
  • Birds from Britannia (1962) 
    • Also called: Seabirds from Southern Waters
  • Wildlife Crisis (1970)
    • with James Fisher 
  • The Environmental Revolution: Speeches on Conservation (1978)
  • Competition Carriage Driving (1982) 
  • A Question of Balance (1982)
  • Men, Machines and Sacred Cows (1984)
  • A Windsor Correspondence (1984)
    • with Michael Mann
  • Down to Earth: Speeches and Writings of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the Relationship of Man With His Environment (1988)
  • Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment (1989)
    • with Michael Mann 
  • Driving and Judging Dressage (1996)
  • Thirty Years On, and Off, the Box Seat (2004)

  • Buckingham Palace
    • In London, England 
    • Main: Work Week
  • Windsor Castle
    • In Windsor, England
    • Main: Weekends, Easter Holiday, Royal Ascot Week
  • Sandringham House 
    • On Sandringham Estate in England
    • Christmas Holiday
  • Balmoral Castle 
    • Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    • Summer Holiday
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse 
    • In Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Mainly used during Holyrood week
  • Hillsborough Castle
    • Ireland
Causes: Science, Engineering, Sport, Environment

Video of them speaking: 


"Oh, I didn't. It's very simple. The Editor came along and said can we, you know, put a book together. And I said help yourself. I gave them the accumulated rubbish of 30 years and you can see how much he thought of it, he reduced it to that. (Points to book)"- In Interview on his book, A Windsor Correspondence (1984)

"Any sport, if you got a common interest, no one cares a damn where you come from or who you are. [...] I gave up polo when I was 50. And then this started and I thought we got horses and carriages so why don't I have a go. So I started in 1973 and it has been going on since then." On Carriage Ridding (2009?)

"If you look around you, everything you see that isn’t part of the natural world was the vision of an engineer or an architect. Every power station, every road, every railway, every bridge, every mobile phone, every airliner, every piece of equipment and every sewage works owes its existence to an engineer.

"Great engineers have a passion to improve life; a burning conviction that they can make life better for everyone. Engineers need to have a talent for invention and innovation, but what drives them is the conviction that they can find a better way to do things; a cheaper and more efficient solution to the problems of human existence on this planet of limited resources that we call Earth." - Article "Make Things Better" in New Scientist (2015)

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