Ceremony funeral The wife of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, the Second Duke of Edinburgh, is held at Windsor Castle. It is followed by all the world’s news agencies, and the ceremony itself is broadcast live.
Prince Philip passed away on April 9, two months before his centenary. As consort, consort of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh has hosted over 22,000 independent events and made 637 visits abroad. At the time of his retirement in August 2017, the prince patronized 785 organizations.
The marriage of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip lasted 73 years, they have four children, eight grandchildren, and their 11th great-grandson is due to be born soon. All children and grandchildren are present at the funeral, but not great-grandchildren. Journalists are not admitted to the ceremony, with the exception of live cameramen. The coffin is accompanied by participants in the procession: the sons of the prince and queen, grandchildren, princes William and Harry (Harry returned to Britain from California last weekend and was in self-isolation until the day of the funeral), as well as other members of the royal family and employees of Prince Philip’s court.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on June 10, 1921 in Corfu, Greece.
The couple, who have never been seen in family public scandals, have already lived together for 68 years in legal marriage and celebrated the so-called Stone Wedding.
Few people know that Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are not only husband and wife, but also fourth cousins.
Elizabeth and Philip at a dance party. / Photo: airmaxgold.org
Until the time when Philip became Duke of Edinburgh and a subject of Great Britain, he was a Greek prince and bore the title of Prince of Greece and Denmark. Philip is the only son of Prince Andrew Glucksburg (died in 1944, aged 62). Andrew was the son of King George I of Greece (died in 1913. He was 67 years old.) And the brother of King Constantine, who reigned at that time (died in 1923. He was 54 years old).
Prince Andrew belonged to the Danish house of Glucksburgs that reigned in Greece, his wife and Philip’s mother Princess Alice belonged to the Battenberg family.
Philip is the great-grandson of the Danish King Christian IX, the great-great-grandson of the English Queen Victoria and the Russian Emperor Nicholas I. Note that Elizabeth II is also the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
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After the abdication of Constantine in 1922, the family of Prince Andrew was expelled from Greece and settled in Paris (France). In 1928, Philip was sent to his relatives in London (Great Britain). In the early 30s of the XX century, he studied at a German school, then in Scotland. At the beginning of World War II, the future Duke of Edinburgh studied at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, he was a cadet.
13-year-old Elizabeth II first saw Philip at a family reception at the palace. Then the princess of Great Britain talked for the first time with her fourth cousin, who, along with his uncle, was invited to a tea party with the royal family. Philip immediately charmed Elizabeth II. He was tall, blond, smart, slim and educated, so the future queen did not even try to hide her sympathy for him.
Soon after the death of his father, Philip moved to London and his meetings with Elizabeth II became more frequent. The time has come and the young man had to go to the front, from where he constantly wrote letters to Elizabeth.
In 1946, 26-year-old Philip made an offer to 21-year-old Elizabeth II to marry him, which the princess accepted with joy, and, without consulting her parents, gave her consent. King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, mother of Elizabeth II, were counting on a better and more successful “party” for their princess.
One of the official “pre-wedding” photos of Elizabeth and Philip, August 19, 1947
Despite this, the parents of Elizabeth II still blessed the marriage. The wedding of Prince Philip to the future Queen of Great Britain, Elizabeth II, took place on November 20, 1947. The ceremony was crowded and sumptuous. Before tens of thousands of compatriots, the princess appeared in an ivory satin wedding dress, embroidered with crystal and pearls, and her head was adorned with a diamond tiara and a five-meter veil carried by two pages.
A year after the wedding, Elizabeth II gave birth to Philip’s son – Prince Charles, Duke of Edinburgh, two years later, in 1950, Princess Anne was born, and in 1960 – Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in 1964 the youngest son of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh was born – Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
Elizabeth II and Philip led an active social life – they attended horse races, social events, dances. In 1948, Philip needed to go to serve in Malta, and his wife followed him.
Soon the couple went on vacation to Kenya, but while there, Elizabeth II learned that her father, King George VI, had died. On the day of her father’s death, February 6, 1952, 25-year-old Elizabeth was proclaimed queen.
The coronation ceremony of Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. Prince Philip was the first to take the oath and oath of allegiance to Her Majesty:
I, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will become your vassal in sickness and health, I will serve you with faith and truth, with honor and respect, until my death. God help me. “