Prince Philip’s Early Life In Pictures, From His First Birthday To The Royal Wedding (2022)

The funeral for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will be held on Saturday 17 April at 3pm at St George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle following his sad, but peaceful, passing last Friday. Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral will have a guest list of only 30 people, including the Queen and other members the Royal Family.

As the nation has come together to grieve the death of Prince Philip over the last week, we’ve been given glimpses into his extraordinary 99 years – 73 of which he spent married to the Queen. Prince Philip, who was born in Greece, first met the then-Princess Elizabeth at a visit to Dartmouth Naval College when he was only 18-years-old. From then on, Princess Elizabeth was steadfast in her affections and ‘never looked at anyone else.’ The couple announced their engagement on 9 July 1947, and were married on 20 November at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth had four children, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. The Duke of Edinburgh spent his seven decades by the Queen’s side as her ‘strength and stay.’ Addressing Parliament on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee, the Queen stated, ‘During these years as your Queen, the support of my family has, across the generations, been beyond measure.’

‘Prince Philip is, I believe, well known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout [my reign] he has been a constant strength and guide.’

And while we are probably used to viewing Prince Philip as a grown man, standing beside his wife, he actually lived quite an incredible life even before becoming the Duke of Edinburgh. From his early years in Greece to his career in the navy, these are the best pictures from Prince Philip’s early years, showing his remarkable life.

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A one-year-old Prince Philip of Greece plays in a floral garden.

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A very blonde three-year-old Prince Philip.

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Prince Philip is pictured in his naval uniform.

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The newly-engaged Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten leave Buckingham Palace.

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Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten resumes his attendance at the Royal Naval Officers' School At Kingsmoor in Hawthorn, Wiltshire following his engagement to Princess Elizabeth.

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The couple poses together at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding.

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Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose for an official portrait on the day of their wedding.

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Prince Philip has always been a fan of sport, pictured here shortly after his wedding.

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Prince Philip congratulates José Beyaert of France who had just won the Olympic men's individual road race.

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Prince Philip aboard The Bluebottle, a yacht of the Dragon class – about 18 feet long – which was presented to Their Royal Highnesses Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh by the Island Sailing Club near Cowes.

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The Duke of Edinburgh is pictured during a visit to Malta.

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth pose with their firstborn son, Prince Charles, at Windlesham Moor.

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Prince Philip plays polo in the summer of 1950 only a few days before the birth of his second child, Princess Anne.

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The young family of four – Princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Princes Charles and Princess Anne – are photographed together.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is pictured sitting at his desk at Clarence House.

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Prince Philip opens an exhibition of Royal yachts at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

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Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II dance a Canadian Quadrille in 1953.

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The Duke of Edinburgh returns to the pavilion after scoring 18 runs in a celebrity match in aid of the National Playing Fields Association against the Duke of Norfolk at Arundel Castle.

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are pictured with the Windsor Cup after the Duke of Edinburgh's team beat India during the Ascot week Polo tournament.

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, rides his polo pony at Cowdray Park in Sussex.

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Queen Elizabeth speaks with her husband after a polo match.

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11-year-old Melvyn Helthorn asks the Duke of Edinburg for his autograph before the start of charity cricket match in which Prince Philip captained one of the teams.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip pose for a portrait at home at Buckingham Palace.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip watch over their corgis at Windsor Castle.

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth pose alongside President John F Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy during a visit to England.

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The Duke of Edinburgh meets the England football team before their match at Wembley against Scotland, which they won 9-3.

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew Prince Edward and Princess Anne celebrate the Queen's birthday at Windsor Castle.

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The Royal Family waves to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping of the Colour.

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Queen Elizabeth presents the Cowdray Gold Cup to her husband, Prince Philip.

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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth enjoy a dance at a state ball in Valetta, Malta.

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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and their four children pose outside their home.

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Prince Philip sails his Yeoman class yacht as he competes for the Queens Cup at the Cowes Regatta.

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Waving from Buckingham Palace, July 1947

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The couple officially announce their engagement at Buckingham Palace, July 1947

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After the engagement announcement, November 1947

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Elizabeth and Philip after announcing their engagement, July 1947

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Princess Elizabeth poses with her family and fiancé ahead of her marriage, 1947

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Photographed at Buckingham Palace shortly before their wedding, 1947

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Arriving at the Royal Variety Performance, November 1947

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Arriving at the Armistice Day service, November 1947

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The couple were married at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947

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Posing for official photos at the Palace after their wedding, November 1947

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Waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the wedding, November 1947

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Honeymooning at Broadlands House, home to Philip's Uncle, November 1947

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Playing with a corgi while on honeymoon, November 1947

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Admiring wedding photos while honeymooning, November 1947

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Enjoying a walk on their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire, November 1947

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Arriving in Malta (where Philip was stationed with the Royal Navy) for the second part of their honeymoon, 1947

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Attending a charity ball at the Dorchester Hotel, 1948

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On board the 'Pamir,' March 1948

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Prince Philip receives the Freedom of the City of London, 1948

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Visiting the Arc de Triomphe, May 1948

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Attending the Royal Horse Show at Windsor, May 1949

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Arriving at the wedding of the Earl of Harewood and Marion Stein, 1949

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After Princess Anne's christening, 1950

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Walking in the grounds of Clarence House, August 1951

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A family portrait session with the young Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Clarence House, 1951

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A photoshoot with the family, August 1951

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Visiting the Festival of Britain, 1951

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Royal tour of Quebec, 1951

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Enjoying a barn dance in Ottowa, 1951

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Photographed outside Balmoral, September 1952

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A candid shot with Princess Anne and Prince Charles, 1951

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Photographed with the children at Balmoral, September 1952

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Leaving Westminster Abbey in an ornate carriage following Elizabeth's coronation, June 1953

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Waving to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following Elizabeth's coronation, June 1953

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Elizabeth poses for official photos with Philip following her coronation

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Visiting Northern Ireland on the Coronation Tour, 1953

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Photographing the arrival of an escort ship while en route to Fiji during the Coronation Tour, 1953

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Visiting Bermuda, November 1953

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Overseeing the children and two ponies in the grounds of Balmoral, August 1955

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Playing with corgis in the grounds of Balmoral, August 1955

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A trip to Nigeria, 1956

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Posing for photographs at Buckingham Palace, December 1958

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Posing for photographs at Buckingham Palace, December 1958

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The Queen and Prince Philip with corgis at Windsor Castle, 1959

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John and Jackie Kennedy visit Buckingham Palace, 1960

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John and Jackie Kennedy visit Buckingham Palace, 1960

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Leaving Manchester by train, May 1961

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Presenting Bobby Moore with the World Cup trophy, 1966

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Flying back from Yorkshire, filmed for a BBC and ITV documentary

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