For the last year, royal admirers have been seeing less and less of Prince Philip. Unless he’s accompanying longtime wife Queen Elizabeth on an outing or attending a family celebration, the 98-year-old Duke of Edinburgh has slowly drifted behind the curtains of his home at Buckingham Palace.
Although it seems like just yesterday, the royal icon first became a member of the British royal family after he married Elizabeth, 93, back in 1947. Interestingly enough, Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families, but was exiled from the country when he was just an infant.
After receiving permission from King George VI, the handsome hunk dropped his name and adopted the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents. Prior to the iconic royal wedding, Philip was given the title of Duke of Edinburgh. It wasn’t until 1957 that he officially became a Prince of the United Kingdom.
Throughout his years as a member of the royal family, Philip dedicated much of his time to raising awareness around efforts close to his heart, including conservation, sport, the military and engineering. He also founded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956. In fact, Philip’s devotion to improving these efforts has been quite inspiring.
“His passion for industry has been seen in countless visits to research laboratories, coal mines, factories and engineering works, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of British industrial life,” his official biography states. “On an international scale, he has sponsored six conferences on the human problems of industrial communities within the Commonwealth, in his capacity as Patron of The Work Foundation.”
Sadly, Philip took a step back from his royal duties in May 2018. At the time, Buckingham Palace announced Philip would be retiring from all his public duties later that year. According to the palace, he started cutting off invitations to royal events in September 2018, “although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.”
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen,” the statement continued. “Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen.”
In 2017, Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, exclusively opened up to Closer Weekly of the couple’s future plans. Not only did Elizabeth support her husband’s decision to retire from public engagements, but Paul revealed Her Majesty is “reluctantly slowing down” herself. “Overseas tours are now, for her, in the past, and this is where [Prince William] and [Duchess Kate] will step into the breach,” he explained.
With Elizabeth and Philip both taking well-deserved time off, we hope they are enjoying each other’s company!
Scroll down below to see pics of Philip throughout the years!
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