happy birthday Prince Philip, you old rogue

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Queen Elizabeth II's husband, turned 90 today - he is the UK's longest-serving consort, the oldest serving spouse of a reigning British monarch, and the oldest living great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria, which (according to Wikipedia) means he is in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 countries! Hurrah for him!

Since only recently taking any kind of interest in the British Royal Family, I didn't know that ol' Phil is actually a member of the Danish-German House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg, or that he was born into the Greek Royal Family (though he renounced both his Greek and Danish royal titles, as well as his allegiance to the Greek crown prior to his engagement to Elizabeth in 1947, in case you were worried).

For his birthday, Elizabeth awarded him y.e.t another title: Lord High Admiral... which just makes me imagine him in Battlestar Galactica... woah, that would be amazing!

EDIT: did you know that there is a religious sect in Vanuatu called The Prince Philip Movement? The Yaohnanen tribe on the island of Tanna believe that Phil is a divine being:"the pale-skinned son of a mountain spirit". You can read more about it here.

2 hellos:

I am adorkable said...

It must be strange being called Prince at 90 years old... good job the Queen gave him a new title hehe!

xo Amy.

Vixie said...

He has like a trillion titles now, but they're all kinda weird, like "Baron Greenwich of Greenwich in the county of London"! I promise that's a real title of his! Love it!

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