Remembering Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Andrew Titus

On the morning of April 9th, 2021, the world received the upsetting news that Prince Philip had passed away in his sleep at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle. Prince Philip was married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years and will be remembered for his legacy and role in the royal family. The late Prince was born in Greece and was a member of the Greek and Danish Royal Families. He was exiled along with his family from Greece in 1939 and joined the UK’s Royal Navy that same year.  It was in the Royal Navy that he began corresponding with the then 13-year-old Queen. He battled with distinction and honor in the second World War and at the close of the war, announced his engagement to Elizabeth. After he got engaged in July 1947, Philip abandoned his Greek and Dutch lineage and became a full member of the British Royal Family. Right before the wedding, Philip was granted the roles of Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by the King. Philip was a member of over 780 organizations and was the chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a self improvement program for the youth.  The program began as a way for boys aged 15-18 to work on self improvement but was later extended to girls as well. The teens were rewarded and recognised if they completed the series of self-improvement exercises that inspired values such as self discovery, creativity, cooperation, diversity, inclusion, service, and compassion among the youth.  Philip has also made over 5,000 speeches during his rule and completed 22,219 solo engagements as of 1952. Although the Prince is no longer with us, he will be remembered by the world for his duty in World War II and his many contributions towards Great Britain.