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He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know

Her Majesty The Queen, 1997

This special display commemorates the remarkable life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021), Britain’s longest-serving royal consort. Prince Philip is remembered for his distinguished naval and his wartime service and his marriage to Her Majesty The Queen. As consort, Prince Philip supported the sovereign at home and abroad and had a wide range of interests and patronages of his own. He was an advocate of young people, marked by his establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a knowledgeable and committed conservation pioneer, an art collector and an admirer of science and engineering, technology, research and industry.

Prince Philip made frequent visits to Scotland, both to carry out official engagements and to relax with his family and, as Duke of Edinburgh, he had strong links with Scotland’s capital city.

Photograph of the infant Prince Philip of Greece, later HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, aged approximately one year. He is pictured holding on to a wooden chair which he stands next to.
Early life

Prince Philip was born on Corfu on 10 June 1921

Childhood and Education

Prince Philip was educated in France, the UK and Germany

Naval Officer

Prince Philip was mentioned in dispatches for the Battle of Cape Matapan

Photograph of a half length informal portrait of Princess Elizabeth (b. 1926), later HM Queen Elizabeth II standing on the right and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (b. 1921) on the left. The couple face each other. Taken outside during their Honeymoon at Broad

The wedding between Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth took place at Westminster Abbey in London on 20 November 1947

The Royal Family gathered together with Prince Edward in his pram on The Queen's 39th birthday in the garden at Frogmore; from left to right: Princess Anne, The Queen, Prince Charles, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew. This photo reissued in 1981
Family Life

The Queen and Prince Philip were married for more than 73 years and have four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren

The Royal Family stood on the deck of the Royal yacht
HMY Britannia

The Royal Yacht undertook nearly 700 overseas visits in its 44 years

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh with penguins, ?South Georgia
Travel and Conservation

Prince Philip was a lifelong supporter of environmental conservation. Many of his travels from the 1960s onwards reflected this interest

Photograph of a group of young boys with rucksacks and outdoor clothing pictured standing outside an ivy clad building who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award First Expedition
Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Prince Philip was interested in the education of young people, especially relating to sport, outdoor pursuits and adventurous activities

Prince Philip playing polo for Sea Horses 'B' Team against Whyishill team in a Junior League match, Cowdray Park.
Science and Industry, Sport and Scotland

Prince Philip’s solo engagements in the United Kingdom were often in support of science, engineering, industry and the armed forces.

An extensive landscape showing a country road leading to a cottage, with hills beyond.
Art and Collecting

Prince Philip was an enthusiastic collector of art and acquired many paintings over his lifetime

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.