The Duke of Edinburgh, better known as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s husband, was born on June 10, 1921 on the Greek island of Kerkyra — known to the Brits as Corfu.
He was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, but moved to Britain as a child.
Although he considers himself a “Greek prince” and despite his and his wife’s extensive official royal travels to dozens of nations throughout the world, Prince Philip hasn’t been back to Greece very often.
Royal historian Hugo Vickers told BBC that the reason is Greece’s complicated relationship with the monarchy.
“Prince Philip doesn’t like Greece, because they put his father [Prince Andrew] on trial, and he might have been executed,” Vickers said. “In 1922, they all had to flee.”
Prince Philip was a baby at the time and rarely returned.
Over the years, Philip has given his British servants — and the world — a lot to laugh at with his off the cuff opinions and his lack of political correctness.
Here are 17 things you won’t believe Philip said, but he really did.
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