Prince Philip and some things you did not know
Elizabeth II is the reigning Queen of the Commonwealth Kingdoms. And she is England’s longest-ruling monarch. In 1947, she married Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, former Greek, and Danish prince. As her husband, Prince Philip has almost no official responsibility under his title of consort to the queen. At least, that’s how it comes to us when approaching his news. And he seems to always take a backseat and firmly support to her majesty’s public grandeur. So people around the world rarely mention about him. But in reality, Prince Philip has led a life of achievement and enormous public service. And he announced that he will be retiring from public life in August of 2017. So, there are many reflections on his lifelong accomplishments. They are curious about what he achieved in his whole life. And here are some things about Prince Philip that you didn’t know.
His full title is impressive
The positions he has assumed above have seemed to be lacking a lot. Well, let me introduce him thoroughly. Prince Philip’s full title is HRH The Prince Philip, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Duke of Edinburgh, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Companion of the Order of Australia, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of The Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counsellor. CNN reported. Well, that’s lots of names. So do you feel overwhelmed? But they’re a little bit of the honorary handles he’s picked up over the years.
According to The Daily Mail, Prince Philip has named as a Royal Chief of the Order of Logohu in Papua New Guinea and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, a Knight of the Order of the Elephant in Denmark. But wait a second. They are not enough yet. He received the distinction of with the same name. And his name is as a Knight Grand Cross with Brilliants of the Order of the Sun by Peru.
Philip has awarded the Collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle by Mexico and the Collar of the Order of the Queen of Sheba by Ethiopia. And this man is not an original person. He is such a person like a character that Mom often tells in myths. But it’s not enough to compare him to the human equivalent of the Harry Potter series. Talk about him with all respect. Let’s imagine. When announcing an issue, he just interrupts and says “Hi. I’m Phil”. Well, he is kind of a big deal.
He’s put up huge numbers
We previously mentioned. So Prince Philip has a role as consort to the Queen. He also has almost no official responsibility under his title. And he has little definition in terms of official duties. But it does not mean that the Queen’s husband has nothing to do. Whether or not he has been just loafing around his residence – Buckingham Palace all these years. He maybe takes a nap and polishes the Crown Jewels. Stop it. And Prince Philip has participated in extensive and innovative charity work. He also has supported the Queen in her duties a lot. Prince Philip has contributed to modernizing the constitutional monarchy. Historian of Carolyn Harris of Royal Historian said. And he has done many things to service his residents. With all his efforts, the Prince has achieved some impressive stats.
The official website of the Royal Family The indicated Prince Philip is Patron or President of many organizations. Do you know how many they are? Well, approximately 814 organizations. He has also traveled to many places. And he attended an amazing 18,567 official engagements. But this number doesn’t even comprise the official foreign visits which he and the Queen go together with. It’s about 251 places. That means Philip attends about 371 engagements per years. So they have translated this number to an average. During his travels, Duke of Edinburgh has also given a huge number of speeches. Exactly at 4,632. That translates to an average of around eight speeches per month for 50 years. His speeches cover a large space where you could establish a huge building. Sky News reported. But who will keep this track?
He and Queen Elizabeth knew each other before they got married
According to History Extra, in 1934, Prince Philip first met Queen Elizabeth. They met each other when attending the wedding of Philip’s cousin, Princess Marina of Greece to The Duke of Kent. He was an uncle of Princess Elizabeth. And it seems to get weirder, right? Hold on. Let’s figure out some strange things here. In fact, Philip and Elizabeth are third cousins. And this is due to a genealogy tool created by Expedia. Business Insider said. And they have a mutual great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.
Today if you have been in a relationship like that, you will be in trouble. Because this sounds insane. Most royal families formerly required marrying within the bloodline for centuries. They conceive that marriage in the family line is a way to preserve the purity of the royal blood and to maintain power. Expedia released. However, this was not some type of arranged marriage. It didn’t have any special thing until 1939. Elizabeth visited the Britannia, a Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. Philip has enrolled there too. And then Elizabeth fell in love with Philip. So they began to exchange letters and began their dating. Their love story was really romantic, wasn’t it?
When Philip serviced in World War II, they still wrote to each other. Philip asked the King – King George VI for his daughter’s hand in marriage. But they did not marry until 1947. After Elizabeth’s twenty-first birthday, her father granted his request. And they announced the engagement to the public on 10 July 1947. Not to mention, she obviously recognized the qualities of this man. And he destined to become a member of the Order of the Aztec Eagle. Philip has all the great characters that everyone wants. But this man is not the one that you could let him away. What a wise decision!
He is a war hero
Philip also did the action that you couldn’t imagine. A German bomber had directed the HMS Wallace. And it was on the way to complete its unavoidably fatal attack. But in that dangerous situation, Prince Philip hatched a wonderful plan to avoid destruction. He gave a command to his crew. And they quickly assembled a wooden raft with smoke floats. They would create the illusion of wreckage ablaze on the water. It would divert the bomber pilot’s attention. And their ship could flee to safety. That night Prince Philip saved their lives again. Hargreaves supposed there might have been a few survivors. He said.
This hero was also awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour. Because Philip was a brave man when fighting in the Battle of Cape Matapan against the Italian Navy in 1941. (According to The Daily Mail). When Philip operated searchlights during the battle, he was only nineteen years old. He reported that the battle was all hell broke loose. So Philip did something that no one could do that.
His sisters married Nazis
Although this fact is unsurprising with the royal family. That’s Philip’s connection to the Nazi regime through his sisters’ marriages. His pregnant sister is Cecile and her husband is George Donatus. He is the Grand Duke of Hesse. And they were members of the Nazi Party. After their disastrous death, Philip photographed in a funeral procession with his family members. They wore full Nazi garb. Marching with him were his surviving German brothers-in-law.
He is Prince Christoph of Hesse. And he is the husband of Philip’s younger sister, Sophie. It was conspicuous for his clothes. And the other man is Christoph’s brother, Prince Philipp of Hesse. Prince Christoph was in a brown shirt of the SA. A final man is Lord Louis (“Dickie”), Mountbatten. He followed behind in British naval dress. This information has excerpted from Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life. The Telegraph published.
Besides, author Jonathan Petropoulos had some photographs. They published in Royals And The Reich. They showed that Philip’s sister, Sophie, sat opposite Adolph Hitler at the 1935 wedding of Hermann and Emmy Goering. The Daily Telegraph reported. It was also said that Philip’s sister Margarita had married Gottfried. He was the Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. And he was a Nazi Party member. He is an Army commander during the 1938 occupation of Austria too. His sister had an affiliation with Nazism and Philip is not. So he had no direct connection to the party himself.
He has a great sense of humor, but no filter
Anyone who has absolutely thousands of public attention, they often have weird actions. It is such as action is going to have a few slip-ups here and there. Knight of the Thistle seems to take the cake in the public gaffes department. He has a list of greatest behavior like that. Well, it depends on what you think about it. But it is maybe the worst thing. The Telegraph indicated that he had said someone looked like a suicide bomber. Oh, someone is a female police officer. Because she wore a bulletproof vest. He also talked about his thought of marriage. And he said that when a man opened a car door for his wife, it was either a new car or a new wife. Woah, is it true now?
Another time, he affronted a singer. And this singer is Tom Jones. So Philip asked him what he gargled with. He also used the word ghastly to describe everything. It could be flying economy class. And it could be Elton John’s car. And he described his total thoughts on the city of Beijing, too.
Most of his remarks used to go with a whimper. When having an official visit to China, Prince Philip told some British exchange students. If they stayed there much longer, they would be slitty-eyed. When asked about it, he had not exactly an apology. Philip said. He had forgotten about that. The Chinese were not concerned about it. Why should anyone else?
He is an environmentalist
Prince Philip is an active environmentalist. He was the first President of the World Wildlife Fund-UK from its establishment to 1982. And he is also the International President of WWF. The name of this organization is the World Wide Fund for Nature now. He had assumed this position from 1981 to 1996. And he is now President Emeritus. You will never catch Prince Philip’s resting. He never allows himself not to work. He would be able to be live without working. Although he is a long-staunch environmentalist, he approaches the things with practical measures. It’s great.
He said to the BBC. We have this special diversity on earth. Why did we destroy them for? It seems awfully silly. All these other animals have an equal right to exist. We have no previous right to treat them as we do. So does anybody else in the Earth. If they exist here, let’s give them a chance to live, to survive. They completely deserve that. And he also said that he had more concern. He worries about the conservation of nature. Philip concerns with it rather than being a bunny hugger. It is the term to describe animal lovers. He lists a lot of reason leading to the environmental crisis. Also, Prince Philip believes that the main reason is overpopulation. And he once suggested a possible solution to solve this problem. It is a voluntary family limitation!