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Photos: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II (1921-2021)

Prince Philip overcame a difficult and nomadic childhood to become the abiding consort to Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. A derring-do, naval officer and outdoorsman, he sometimes found life as second banana frustrating but in the end, he was always there for his queen and country.

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Sept. 8, 1928

Prince Philip of Greece, second from right, with, from left, Princess Fedora of Greece, King Michael, Princess Helene, Princess Irene of Greece, Princess Marguerite of Greece and Prince Paul of Greece on holiday in Mamaia, Romania. Philip was born into the Greek royal family but spent almost all of his life as a pillar of the British one. His path was forged when he married the heir to the British throne, and a promising naval career was cut short when his wife became Queen Elizabeth II.

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Aug. 29, 1945

Prince Philip of Greece serves with the Royal Navy as second-in-command on a destroyer in the Pacific Fleet.

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July 31, 1947

Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, center, inspects his men at the Petty Officers' training center at Corsham, England.

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July 31, 1947

Philip bats during cricket practice at the Petty Officers training center in Corsham, England.

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Nov. 20, 1947

Princess Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, wave to the crowd from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day. Others on the balcony are, from left, King George VI, Princess Margaret, Lady Mary Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary.

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June 8, 1948

Philip and Princess Elizabeth acknowledge the cheers of the crowd as their carriage passes through Fleet Street on way to the Guildhall in London.

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July 12, 1949

Philip throws a javelin during a visit to the Outward Bound Sea School in Llanber, Wales.

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June 2, 1953

Elizabeth and Philip wave to supporters from the Buckingham Palace balcony following her coronation at Westminster Abbey.

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Nov. 25, 1953

Elizabeth and Philip leave the House of Assembly after the queen addressed Bermuda's Colonial Parliament in Hamilton.

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June 19, 1955

Elizabeth and Philip pose with their children, Princess Anne and Prince Charles, and with King Hussein of Jordan and his wife, Queen Dina, at Windsor Castle.

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March 10, 1957

Philip is greeted by students from St. Mary's College as he left the playing fields of St. Paul's College in Cheltenham, England.

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Oct. 18, 1957

Elizabeth and Philip pose on the U.S. Capitol steps in Washington with Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat.

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Sept. 9, 1960

Philip and Elizabeth gather with their children Princess Anne, Prince Charles, right, and Prince Andrew at Balmoral in Scotland.

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March 11, 1964

Philip travels to the airport in London to attend the funeral of King Paul in Athens.

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March 23, 1964

Prince Philip shakes hands with Ringo Starr as other members of the Beatles, from left, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney look on at the Empire Ballroom in London.

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March 25, 1965

King Constantine II of Greece, left, and Philip review a honor guard of the Greek Royal Evzones unit in Athens.

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June 20, 1965

Philip pulls up on his horse during a polo match in Windsor, England.

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Oct. 31, 1972

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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July 7, 1976

Philip and Elizabeth join President Gerald Ford and the first lady for a state dinner.

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Oct. 15, 1977

Philip and Elizabeth wave to children at Nassau's Clifford Park after their arrival in Nassau, Bahamas.

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Sept. 6, 1997

From left, Prince Philip, Prince William, Diana's brother Earl Spencer, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles walk together behind the carriage carrying the casket of Princess Diana in London on its way to the funeral at Westminster Abbey.

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Nov. 17, 1999

Elizabeth gives a speech beside Philip during the state opening of Parliament in the House of Lords.

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March 15, 2000

Philip honors former first lady Nancy Reagan with the Leadership Award from the Congressional Award Foundation.

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June 20, 2001

Philip accompanies Elizabeth while walking through the Royal Gallery for the state opening of Parliament in London.

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May 13, 2005

Philip competes in a carriage driving event during the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle.

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2007

Philip and Elizabeth walk together at Broadlands in southern England.

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April 1, 2009

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama meet with Elizabeth and Philip at Buckingham Palace.

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Nov. 25, 2010

Philip attends a military air display in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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June 6, 2013

Philip attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

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March 20, 2012

Elizabeth and Philip sit at Westminster Hall in London.

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March 13, 2015

Elizabeth and Philip leave St. Paul's Cathedral in London after attending a memorial service to mark the end of Britain's combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Oct. 31, 2015

Philip, with his grandsons, Harry, left, and William, attends the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium in London.

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June 12, 2016

Elizabeth and Philip travel outside Buckingham Palace as part of the three-day celebrations for the queen's 90th birthday.

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Aug. 2, 2017

Philip talks to troops as he attends a parade at Buckingham Palace.

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Hannah McKay/Pool/Reuters/AP

July 22, 2020

Philip takes part in the transfer of the colonel in chief of the Rifles at Windsor Castle in England.

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