Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark) was born on 10 June 1921, and today is his 98th birthday.
He was born on the island of Corfu in Greece of Greek and Danish royal blood, but his family was exiled from the country when he was an infant. After being educated in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, he joined the British Royal Navy in 1939 when he was 18. From July 1939, he began corresponding with the 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, whom he had first met in 1934. During the Second World War he served with distinction in the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets.
After the war, Philip was granted permission by George VI to marry Elizabeth. Before the official announcement of their engagement in July 1947, he abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles and became a naturalised British subject, adopting the surname Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents.
He married Elizabeth on 20 November 1947. Just before the wedding, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Philip left active military service when Elizabeth became queen in 1952, having reached the rank of commander, and was formally made a British prince in 1957.
A keen sports enthusiast, Philip helped develop the equestrian event of carriage driving. He is a patron, president or member of over 780 organisations and serves as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for people aged 14 to 24. He is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest ever male member of the British royal family.
Philip retired from his royal duties on 2 August 2017, at the age of 96, having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
For more than 70 years of his life as a Royal consort, Prince Philip has been living under the public eye. With his tall slim and athletic physique and his natural way of carrying himself, plus the help of Savile Row tailors, Prince Philip has almost always managed to look impeccable yet restraint, mastering the art of English Gentleman.
The following slideshow and video demonstrate how Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is really a silent style icon.