William And Kate Join Royal Family In Paying Tribute To Prince Philip On His 100th Birthday
Jun 10, 2021 by apost team
The passing of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, 2021, has left members of the royal family as well as ardent supporters of the British monarchy in grief. The accomplished and celebrated consort to Queen Elizabeth II will always remain one of the most endearing members of the royal family.
Prince Philip lived an incredibly full life until he died at the age of 99 earlier this year. Not only was his life an extraordinary one, but his marriage was too — Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip celebrated 73 years of marriage together, officially making theirs the longest royal marriage on record. Always by each other’s side, the couple endured a lot in their over seven-decade-long relationship.
On top of serving as the queen’s consort for over 70 years, Prince Philip was known to be Her Majesty’s rock, as well as a guiding light for the entire royal family. She spoke of this on more than one occasion, while Prince William and Prince Harry have also spoken of their fondness for their grandfather. In fact, it was Prince Philip who persuaded William and Harry to walk behind their mother’s coffin at her funeral.
Now that today would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, royal family members such as Princess Eugenie and Prince Charles have taken to Instagram to give tribute to the late duke. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, however, opted to tribute the late Philip with a post on Twitter. Read on to learn more about what exactly the family members posted in honor of the late prince’s centennial.
Although he is a fundamental part of the British royal family, Prince Philip was born overseas in Corfu, Greece, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark. When he was a young child Prince Philip was forced into exile with his family. In order to marry Queen Elizabeth, he renounced his Greek and Danish titles and took on his mother’s maiden name of Mountbatten, according to Biography.
Despite being born overseas, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are actually distant cousins. In fact, most royal couples are related somewhere in their family history in order to maintain the bloodline. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are third cousins, as they are both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, reports Reader’s Digest.
How the royal couple met is also a testament to their enduring love. Unlike many royal marriages that are arranged matches, their marriage was based entirely on love. According to Reader’s Digest, Elizabeth and Philip first met at the wedding of Philip’s cousin in 1934, when she was 8 and Philip was 13. They met again when she was 13 and Philip was 18, and the young Elizabeth found him to be very attractive indeed.
It was around this time that Philip was active in the Royal Navy. During World War II, he was deployed overseas, but he and Elizabeth regularly exchanged letters during this time. He returned to England in 1946 and proposed, and she said yes. However, due to royal family rules, they had to hide their engagement for several months until Elizabeth turned 21.
They announced their engagement on July 8, 1947, and married a few months later in November. As a wedding gift, Philip stopped smoking cold turkey because he knew how much Elizabeth despised the habit; her father was a notorious chain-smoker and eventually died of lung cancer.
The couple fully committed to the marriage and have always provided unwavering support to each other. Gyles Brandreth wrote in his book “Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage:”
“The Queen wears the crown, but her husband wears the trousers. He is the power behind the throne: steadfast, never-failingly supportive.”
Queen Elizabeth admitted as much in a speech in 1977, saying that Philip has been her strength over the years. She reiterated this during her 2012 Diamond Jubilee speech when she called him her “constant strength and guide.”
Since today would have been the duke’s 100th birthday, Prince Philip’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie led the Royal Family in tributing her grandfather. The 31-year-old princess took to Instagram to post a touching photo of the queen with her late, beloved husband. The photo is from when the queen and Philip were leaving Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding back in October of 2018.
The caption read:
“Thinking of Grandpa on what would have been his 100th birthday.”
Prince Charles also shared a photo to the Clarence House Instagram in honor of his father, Prince Philip. The black and white photo featured a toddler Prince Charles greeting a young Prince Philip after he returned home from Malta in 1951. The caption read:
“Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the other hand, took to Twitter to post their tribute. They said:
Prince Philip (2020), (Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)
"Today we remember His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, on what would have been his 100th birthday."
What do you think of Princess Eugenie’s tribute to her late grandfather? Isn’t it sweet? What about the tribute from Prince Charles or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? Let us know your thoughts, and be sure to pass this on to other royal fans you know.