On 10 June, Prince Philip celebrates his 99th birthday. As the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal Consort often avoids the spotlight.
As it turns out, there are some fascinating stories surrounding the Prince.
Born on 10 June, 1921, Prince Philip is the fifth child in his family, born in his family’s home on an island in Greece.
When he was just 18 months old and during a time of political turmoil, his father smuggled him out of Greece and onto a British Royal Navy ship that King George V had sent to collect them.
Philip and Elizabeth married in 1947, but they actually met years earlier when Philip was 13 and Elizabeth was 8, at the wedding fo Princess Marina of Reece and the Duke of Kent in 1943.
Take a look at the unseen photos of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth that show the sweeter side of their relationship.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh view the restored bed-chamber at the Maritime Museum in London, in this May 1, 1990 file photo. The Queen reopened the Queen’s house at the Museum which has recently been refurbished at a cost of five million pounds sterling.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip laugh after bidding farewell to the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England April 11, 2014. The Irish President and his wife Sabina left Windsor at the end of a four day State Visit to Britain, during which they stayed at Windsor Castle as guests of Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stand in front of the Matthew, a replica of explorer John Cabot’s ship, during ceremonies in Bonavista, Newfoundland, June 24. The Royal couple attended the event marking to the day the 500th anniversary Cabot’s journey from Briston, England to the north shore of Newfoundland. Standing with them is the Premier of Newfoundland, Brian Tobin (R).
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh walk at Broadlands in Romsey, southern England in this undated photograph taken in 2007. The Queen and Prince Philip will mark their diamond wedding anniversary with a special service of thanksgiving on November 19, 2007.
Members of Britain’s royal family (front L-R) Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth cheer as competitors participate in a sack race at the Braemar Gathering in Braemar, Scotland September 1, 2012.
The Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and David Webster are talking with Margot Fonteyn at CG Gala June 10, 1958.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony on Horseguards Parade, June 13. The Retreat, which was played by the massed bands of the Royal Marines, was in honour of Prince Philip’s 75th birthday, Philip is the Captain General of the Royal Marines.