Why isn’t Prince Philip king, what has he said about the Prince Andrew scandal and how old is he?


PRINCE Philip turns 99 today and will be celebrating with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.

But despite being the son of a prince and princess as well, the Duke of Edinburgh is not a King.

Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece

Why isn’t Prince Philip king?

The reason for Philip not becoming King when he married the Queen stems from a parliamentary law.

The law relating to succession doesn’t relate to bloodline – only gender.

The spouse of a ruling king or queen is known as a consort.

Strangely, in British royalty a man who marries the queen is known as the prince consort but a woman who marries the king will be the queen consort.

Prince Philip's last cruise in HMS Magpie in 1951 saw him waterskiing in Turkey

Prince Philip’s last cruise in HMS Magpie in 1951 saw him waterskiing in Turkey

When Prince Philip married the Queen in 1947 he was also given three other titles:

  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Earl of Merioneth
  • Baron Greenwich

In 1957, the Queen made him an official Prince of the United Kingdom – which she made official in a new letters patent

How old is Prince Philip? What’s his background?

Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II – and turned 99 in June, 2020.

He has been married to the Queen for more than 70 years.

His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, while his mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg.

Philip was born on June 10, 1921, in Corfu, Greece, but his family was exiled when he was just a child.

Raised in the UK, he was also educated in France and Germany, later joining the Navy and serving in World War II.

A keen sports’ fan, he has been involved in a number of events including developing the equestrian event of carriage driving.

Prince Philip was rushed to hospital on December 20, 2019

Prince Philip was rushed to hospital on December 20, 2019

He has also been the patron of hundreds of organisations, often attending events with the Queen as part of their royal duties.

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing – with Prince Philip known for being one of the most gaffe-prone members of the royal family.

In May 2017, it was announced that he would be retiring from public engagements, having attended 110 days of engagements in 2016.

The Duke of Edinburgh formally retired on August 2, 2017, bowing out with a parade of Royal Marine commandos at Buckingham Palace.

He now takes more of a back seat role, although he occasionally appears alongside other royals at public events.

Prince Philip began writing to Elizabeth II years before the pair were married

Prince Philip began writing to Elizabeth II years before the pair were married

What has he said about the Prince Andrew scandal?

Prince Philip told Andrew to “take his punishment” at family crisis talks, it has been claimed.

The Duke of York was forced to step down from royal duties after facing mounting pressure over his friendship with paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

And the 59-year-old had a “tense” meeting with his father after being slammed for not showing enough empathy for the victims of the rich financier.

A royal insider told The Daily Telegraph: “It was a tense meeting and Philip told his son he had to take his punishment.

“There was no screaming or shouting but Philip told him in no uncertain terms that he had to step down for the sake of the monarchy.”

They added: “Philip doesn’t like trial by the media but he is realistic enough to realise that Andrew’s actions were a danger to the very fabric of the royal family.”

Prince Philip is said to think Andrew has been too extravagant

Prince Philip told his son Andrew to take his punishment in the wake of the scandal

Why was Prince Philip admitted to hospital?

The Duke of Edinburgh was taken to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on December 20.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace added: “The admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’ Doctor.”

The Duke is expected to be in hospital for a few days.

He was not taken by ambulance and it was a planned admission.

When did he have hip surgery and has he retired?

In April 2018 he was admitted to hospital for a planned hip operation scheduled for the following day.

He had missed several public events in the previous weeks, including an Easter church service in Windsor.

Ten days after his successful surgery, his daughter Princess Anne visited him in hospital, with the Queen revealing that he was “getting on very well” as he learned to walk again.

Prince Philip pictured in 1958

Dashing: Prince Philip pictured in 1958

What was the Duke of Edinburgh’s military rank?

Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy in 1939 when he was just 18.

He graduated from the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth before going on to serve in World War II.

Appointed a midshipman at the start of 1940, Philip served on the battleship HMS Ramillies, later being posted on HMS Kent and HMS Shropshire.

He was later commissioned as a sub-lieutenant before being promoted to lieutenant in July 1942.

Just months later, he became the first lieutenant of HMS Wallace – making him one of the youngest in that position in the Royal Navy at just 21 years old.

He ultimately reached the rank of commander in 1952.

Philip also holds a number of honorary ranks including Captain General of the Royal Marines.

He was appointed Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom in 2011.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh wave from Buckingham Palace after the Queen's coronation

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh wave from Buckingham Palace after the Queen’s coronation

When did Prince Philip marry Queen Elizabeth?

Philip Mountbatten married Elizabeth II in 1947.

The pair had been writing to each other for years previously, having first met in 1934.

The couple became engaged after seeking permission from Elizabeth’s father King George VI.

After a five-month engagement, the pair were married on November 20, 1947.

They have four children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – as well as eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

What happened in the Norfolk car crash?

On January 17, 2019, Philip was left “conscious but shocked and very, very shaken” after his Land Rover flipped during a shocking crash near the Sandringham estate.

He was uninjured after the 4×4 he was driving was “T-boned” and then overturned on the A419 at Babingley, Norfolk, at 3pm.

But two days later, he received a warning from police after he was snapped driving without a seatbelt.

A police spokesman said: “We are aware of the photographs.”

He gave up his licence in April 2019.

What roles has Prince Philip held?

Prince Philip has been a patron of more than 800 organisations, serving as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Some organisations he has served as patron for include:

  • WWF
  • Britain-Australia Society
  • A Nature Trust
  • Abbotsford Flying Club
  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  • BirdLife Australia
  • Book Aid International
  • Centre for Maritime Studies – Lisbon
  • Charities Aid Foundation
  • Formula Air Racing Association
  • Ham Polo Club
  • Hull Kung Fu
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London Rowing Club
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Radio Society of Great Britain