10 Things You Didn’t Know About Prince Philip

People are celebrating the life of Prince Philip after his death was announced this morning.

The Duke of Edinburgh passed away at Windsor Castle today. Prior to that, he led a full life that took him from Corfu to Buckingham Palace, via France, war Cambridge and several other places on the way.

He was also related to Queen Victoria and, believe it or not, worshipped as a God in one island.

Here are some facts about the Duke:

1. He was born in Corfu in 1921 – the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg.

2. The islanders of Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific, worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god. Vanuatu was formerly the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides, which Prince Philip visited in 1971.

3. The Duke was also related to Kings of Prussia and Emperors of Russia. The Duke renounced his Greek royal title in 1947 and became a naturalized British subject following his service in the Royal Navy.

4. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen are both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria. The Duke is a direct descendant of Princess Alice, the third child of Queen Victoria. The Queen is a direct descendant of Queen Victoria’s eldest son, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII).

5. The Duke was on active service in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War.

6. As well as the title Duke of Edinburgh His Royal Highness had the titles Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. All three titles were conferred by King George VI in 1947. The Queen created her husband a Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

7. The Duke learned to fly all types of aircraft. He gained his RAF wings in 1953, his helicopter wings in 1956 and his private pilot’s licence in 1959.

8. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and International Award were founded by the Duke to introduce young people to new experiences, including physical, skills-based and community challenges. Since 1956 more than four million young people from over 90 countries have taken part.

9. Prince Philip has accompanied The Queen on all 251 of her official overseas visits. The first of these was the Coronation tour of the Commonwealth from November 1953 to May 1954, when they visited countries in the Caribbean, Australasia, Ceylon, Africa and Europe, travelling a distance of 43,618 miles.

10. He fulfilled over 18,567 official engagements excluding those accompanying The Queen, an average of 371 each year.

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