Friday, 10 June 2011


Britain's Prince Phillip turns 90 today

A beautiful old picture of Prince Phillip with Queen Elizabeth

Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, has turned 90 on Friday June 10th.

Prince Phillip will be spending the day performing official duties in his role as Queen Elizabeth's husband, said a Reuters report. "It's a normal working day for him. There's no celebration as such," his spokeswoman said. However, he will hold a reception to mark the anniversary of a charity for the deaf and in the evening he will chair a conference for senior British military figures followed by a dinner, sources said. The only formal event to mark his birthday will take place on Sunday with a special service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, west of London. The event will be attended by most of the royal family.

Born on June 10, 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu, Philippos Schleswig-Holstein Soenderburg-Glucksburg was the fifth child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece.  He joined Britain's Royal Naval College in 1939 and it was there that he first met a 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth, who was visiting with her parents. On November 20, 1947 they were married at Westminster Abbey in a spectacular ceremony attended by statesmen and royalty from around the world.

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