10 Lesser-Known Facts You Don’t Know About Prince Philip
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, breathed his last on 9 April 2021 at Windsor Castle. After living 99 amazing years of his life, he said goodbye to the outside world to live in peace. Since he married Queen Elizabeth II, she has led nearly 73 years of royal life. Born on 10 June 1921 in Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece, he was the first member of the British royal family to appear in an on-screen interview. When he married the Queen in 1947, it was just five years remaining for her wife to become Queen of Edinburgh.
Let us try to pay him a true tribute by knowing these lesser-known things about him:
1He was like a god to the sect of the people
Prince Philip’s life was always in the shadow of his wife because of his prominence and popularity. But he was worshiped by a group of people known as Tana in the Vanuatu nation located in the Pacific islands. When this thing got popularized as the ‘Prince Philip Movement’ and the Prince himself came to know of it, he sent the group a signed photograph of himself as a mark of gratefulness. Subsequently, the Tana population responded by giving the prince a pig-killing club. Prince Philip sent them a picture with the same club at the same moment.
2He was the first British Royal member to be interviewed on TV
Even though modern British Royal members give interviews to their liking, it was Prince Philip who introduced the ritual to the British royal family. He became the first person in the family after marrying Queen to be interviewed on television. On 29 May 1961, Prince Philip appeared on the BBC’s current affairs program named Panorama.
3Prince Philip was a proficient writer
Most people in this generation only know Philip as the queen’s husband, but only a few know that he was a skilled writer. The Duke of Edinburgh has written a lot of books on the subjects of animals, technology, and the environment. Prince Philip published about 14 books throughout his life. Some of his famous works include Survival or Extinction: A Christian Attitude to the Environment (1989), Down to Earth (1988), and Machines And Sacred Cows (1984).
4He was the longest serving confederate in British imperial history
It may come as a surprise to learn that the Duke of Edinburgh did not retire until he was 96 years old. This suggests that he served more than 36 years after his normal retirement age. During his life, he has approximately 5493 speeches and 22,191 official solo engagements. Even after attaining retirement, Prince Philip continued to be a member of several organizations.