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The Queen's husband is dead - mischievous, stubborn, popular: an obituary for Prince Philip

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Prince Philip, the longest-serving Prince Consort in the world, has died at the age of 99. This is reported by Buckingham Palace.

  • Britain's Prince Philip died today at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday morning, Buckingham Palace in London announced.
  • He and Queen Elizabeth II were married for 73 years.
  • Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on over 500 official trips around the world. He was her solid rock, if not always without a breakdown.

Prince Philip was born in 1921 on a kitchen table on the Greek island of Corfu as the youngest child of Prince Andreas of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice von Battenberg. At the age of one he was exiled in an orange crate in France after a military coup overthrew the monarchy.

His parents divorced. The noble relatives dispersed and Philip was placed in a boarding school in Scotland. He later joined the British Navy, became a lieutenant at sea, fought in World War II and fell in love with a young Englishwoman.

On November 20, 1947, the dashing naval officer married Princess Elisabeth in London. Six years later, his wife became queen. Prince Philip hung up his naval uniform and obeyed protocol from then on. His job was to help his wife without hindering her. Always two paces behind the queen, always with an entourage, always in public.

He described himself as the world's most experienced revelator of memorial plaques. Until his “retirement” at the age of 96, he was the patron of over 800 charitable organizations.

He once said that these tasks would never have bored him: “My attitude has always been to do the best in my role under the given circumstances. As credible as possible and only for issues that I myself was convinced of. "

My attitude has always been to do the best I can in my role under the circumstances.
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His most important task probably took place behind the royal scenes. According to his biographer, Prince Philip was the only person who treated the Queen like a normal person and made him laugh. The Queen and Prince Philip were married for over 70 years. It worked for so long because they were both tolerant of each other, the Queen said on the occasion of her golden wedding.

You yourself, Great Britain and many other countries owed him a lot. Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on over 500 official trips around the world. Not always without a breakdown. The Prince Consort was anything but streamlined.

His humor was dry, often mischievous and occasionally embarrassing: when he addressed Helmut Kohl as Chancellor of the Reich on a state visit or described the costume of the Nigerian king as funny pajamas, the prince consort regularly strained the nerves of his hosts. His compatriots did not really take offense at these escapades.

Prince Philip was popular, especially with common people. On the fringes of state receptions, he liked to talk to cooks, cleaning staff and soldiers. His curiosity and humor were his way of overcoming distance and perhaps keeping his independence beyond protocol.

Now the man who had the gift of making the queen laugh is dead. Prince Philip gave few interviews. However, one sentence is guaranteed. "There's nothing worse than locking a man up." This statement gives an idea of ​​how the Prince Consort must have felt from time to time.

SRF 4 News, 9.4.2021, 1.30 p.m.

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  • Comment from Alois Keller (eyko)
    Funeral service only on a small scale. The funeral service for Prince Philip will take place next Saturday at Windsor Castle. As Buckingham Palace announced, there should be a nationwide minute of silence before the memorial service. Prince Harry, who lives with his family in the United States, is reportedly also coming to the funeral. By this day, the flags on government buildings in the country should be flying at half-mast.
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  • Comment from Lionel Saxer (lii.sa)
    Don't understand the hype about the British royal family including Prince Philip. There were really more remarkable personalities. Prince Philip contributed little to the progress of our society.
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    1. answer from Peter Steiner (pcsteiner)
      Well ... in the navy he helped to drive out Nazi Germany. He was also involved in several humanitarian projects and organizations.
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    2. answer from Charles Grossrieder (view)
      Think you haven't read the article, Mr. Saxer; Retired at 96, patron of over 800 organizations, while still being the Queen's husband. If being on the go from morning to night every day isn't an achievement, then what? Given he was well looked after and well carried; Nevertheless, he has contributed a lot to the well-being of the Brits, both directly and indirectly, and was the Queens best stop.
      In fact, if you don't count gossip, he will not have contributed much to our Swiss society.
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  • Comment from Urs Keller (UrsKeller)
    It was always clear that the nobility continued to mix throughout Europe without questioning the nation-state until the 19th century.
    If you want to measure the German blood of the nobility, the Queen is more German than Philip, as her ancestors on her father's side have been Hanoverians since the beginning of the 17th century, and the majority of them married the German nobility.
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    1. answer from Esther Jordi (ejejej)
      And what does that have to do with the death of Prince Philip?
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