Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark; 10 June 1921)[1][N 1] is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families, but his family was exiled from Greece when he was a child. He was educated in Germany and Britain at schools run by the German Jewish educator Kurt Hahn. At the age of 18, he joined the British Royal Navy, in which he served during World War II, even though two of his German brothers-in-law fought on the opposing side. After the war, in March 1947, he renounced his titles, adopted the surname Mountbatten from his British maternal grandparents, and used the style "Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten". Later that year, he married Princess Elizabeth, the eldest daughter and heir-presumptive of King George VI. On his marriage, he was granted the style of His Royal Highness and the title of Duke of Edinburgh by his father-in-law. When Elizabeth became Queen in 1952, Philip left his naval career to act as her consort. His wife made him a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957. He is Britain's longest-serving consort and the oldest serving spouse of a reigning monarch.[3]


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