Who was Prince Philip's father

On the death of Prince Philip - 10 things from his eventful life

By Sylvia Petersen | April 9, 2021, 1:38 p.m.

Prince Philip had been married to the British Queen Elizabeth II since 1947, and has now died at the age of 99. A big blow for the Royal Family, as he only survived a month's hospital stay because of heart problems. Few, however, know what tragedies he himself had to endure in his life before he found the happiness of a stable family with Elizabeth. 10 exciting details from Philips' eventful life.

10 facts about Philip

After the birth, the flight followed

Prince Philip was not born in the United Kingdom, he was born in 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu, more precisely in the villa "Mon Repos", the summer residence of his uncle Constantine I, the king of Greece. Prince Philip didn't speak a word of Greek, however, because his parents Prince Andreas and Princess Alice had to flee the island when he was just 18 months old - in 1922 the entire Greek royal family was exiled.

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Philip has German roots

Prince Philip was born in Greece, but also had German roots: his father Prince Andreas came from the Danish-German house of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, his mother Princess Alice von Battenberg was a granddaughter of the Hessian Grand Duke Ludwig IV and Prince Alexander from Hessen-Darmstadt. In the course of his marriage to the British heir to the throne Elizabeth, Prince Philip became a British citizen in 1947. At the same time he took over the name of his mother, Battenberg, but in the English version Mountbatten. Any connection to the then Nazi Germany should be avoided. For this reason, his three sisters were not allowed to come to the wedding - they all married Germans.

His father ran away with his lover

Prince Philips childhood was far from easy. First the flight from Greece, then his father Prince Andreas left the family for another woman when Philip was eight years old. His father's lover, Andrée de la Bigne, is said to have completely squandered Philips' inheritance after his father's death in 1944, according to the British "Express".

His mother was deaf and mentally ill

Prince Philips mother was born deaf. When he was nine years old, Princess Alice was admitted to a sanatorium for delusional delusions. Prince Philip grew up with various relatives. According to British media reports, Princess Alice was subjected to cruel treatments, including electric shocks. She came to Philip and Elizabeth's wedding in 1947 - in a nun's robe that she did not take off until her death in 1969. In the end she had completely turned to religion.

Tragic death of his sister

Prince Philip had four sisters. They have all died in the meantime, one of them, Cecilia, died in a plane crash at the age of 26. Her two sons, four and six years old, and her husband were also killed in the accident. According to reports, Cecilia is said to have given birth to her third child on the flight, and the remains of a newborn were found. A severe shock for Philip too - he is said to have been particularly close to Cecilia.

First pen pals, then married couples

Prince Philip met his wife at a wedding in 1934 when Elizabeth was just eight years old. When they met again in 1939 on a tour of the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, 13-year-old Elizabeth is said to have been "really taken with" Philip. From then on, the two wrote each other letters. In 1946 he asked King George VI. finally for his daughter's hand.

Related to the Queen

Prince Philip and his wife Queen Elizabeth II are third cousins. Both are great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria of England. Prince Philip was a direct descendant of Victoria's third child Princess Alice, Queen Elizabeth II descends from Victoria's eldest son, who later became King Edward VII.

He played squash when Charles was born

Today, many men can see their children being born live. It used to be quite different: according to the Daily Mail, Prince Philip is said to have played a game of squash, while his wife Elizabeth gave birth to their first child, Prince Charles, on November 14, 1948 in Buckingham Palace.

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Prince Philip, the record husband

Prince Philip broke a record in 2009: he was the longest-serving consort of a monarch in British history. On November 20, 2020, he and Queen Elizabeth celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. According to "Mirror", Philip called his wife behind closed doors "Sausage", or "sausage".

Philip, the South Seas god

Prince Philip had many fans, including on the small South Sea island of Tanna, which belongs to the state of Vanuatu. There he was even worshiped as a god! The indigenous people are convinced that Prince Philip was the son of a mountain spirit who set out to marry a queen and will one day return to the island. The legend of a savior had been circulating on the island for a long time - but it wasn't until tribal leaders saw a photo of Prince Philip in the 1950s that they were convinced: He is the man who brings us salvation!

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