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Getting to know Prince Philip, devoted husband to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II Associated Press
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives with Prince Philip by carriage in the parade ring on the fourth day of Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

He’s sometimes overshadowed by his famous spouse, but Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, is a popular and important member of the British Royal Family.

He and Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this year. They have four children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Prince Philip was born June 10, 1921, on the Greek island of Corfu. His parents were Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, and Princess Alice of Battenberg. The royal family was exiled from Greece when Philip was a baby, and he was sent to England to be raised by his grandmother and uncle.

Philip joined the Royal Navy at age 18 and served in World War II. In 1939, he was introduced to Princess Elizabeth, his third cousin through Queen Victoria, and they fell in love.

Philip and Elizabeth married on November 20, 1947. Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, died in February 1952, making her queen.

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After his wife’s coronation, Philip was expected to live in her shadow, at least in public — but in private, he is said to be the one family members turn to for advice.

The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh has been a patron of 800 organizations, and his interests include polo and science. And to this day, he remains a devoted and loving husband to the queen.

Brian Boenau About the author:
Brian is a video producer with Rare.
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Beth Sawicki About the author:
Beth Sawicki is a content editor at Rare. Email her at Beth@Rare.us.
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