Prince Philip: A Royal To Never Forget
For seventy years, he has stood at the side of (then Princess ) and now Queen Elizabeth II. He wasn’t quiet or shy, and at some points, he pissed people off. But he will not be forgotten. While he walked two steps behind the Queen most of his adult life, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, always received attention.
From the start, a young Philip Mountbatten didn’t have an easy life. When the royalty of Greece was overthrown, a baby Prince Philip of Denmark and Greece was smuggled out in an orange crate. He lived in France growing up before his uncle from his mother’s side enrolled him in school in England. His father had moved in with his mistress, and his mother had been sent to an insane asylum.
His uncle, Louis “Dickie” Mountbatten, pushed the young Philip toward the young Princess Elizabeth. At this time, Philip is around five years older. Princess Elizabeth swooned over the young navy officer, who graduated first in his class. His uncle continued to push for Philip becoming Prince Consort, and Louis Mountbatten eventually got his way.
There was quite a bit of controversy when Philip Mountbatten gave up his ties to Greece, Denmark, and all the German royals. Prince Philip of Denmark and Greece was a member of the German royal House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gluecksburg. Parts of this house had ties to Nazis.
Uncle Dickie was also known for “giving away India,” which did not make him popular among the family or Winston Churchill. Uncle Dickie originally put Philip into the Royal Navy, which Philip Mountbatten rose in the ranks with his natural talent and charisma. While Philip wanted to into the Royal Air Force, he was made for the Royal Navy. He was one of the youngest captains there ever was, and he was bound to go far until Princess Elizabeth came knocking at his door again.
Princess Elizabeth followed her heart and fought for her man, and married Philip Mountbatten in 1947. Four children, eight or so grandchildren later, and other great-grandchildren have joined her family. Seventy years have passed.
This time has not been uneventful.
Prince Philip is known for his racist and sexist remarks, his remarkable “gaffes.” While some of it is highly inappropriate, he always manages to keep people on their toes. Whether it is making fun of his children or saying “Just take the fucking picture,” Prince Philip is a character. He has brought humor and enjoyment to many people, especially when he goes out of the mold set forth by the monarchy.
His honesty has manifested in speaking about visiting the Soviet Union. He said, “I would like to go to Russia very much, although the bastards murdered half my family.” Or when approaching his 90th birthday, he had this response: “Bits are beginning to drop off.”
Racist and sexist comments are inexcusable, regardless of who they are from. When in the public light, it is even a greater task to do the right thing. It is necessary when all eyes on you. During many of these gaffes, it may have been a different time, but nothing excuses it.
For the last seventy years, the Duke of Edinburgh has followed the Queen, and he has done it well. While it always was in support, he has added color and amusement to sometimes boring events. In an era where woman were seen as less (a continuing theme throughout current times), Prince Philip supported his wife. He never took the spotlight, and when she needed him, he was there. He pushed new ideas through Great Britain and has tried to change with the times.