On April 9, 2018, Prince Philip, 99, passed away after a life of public service to the British monarchy. He stood by Queen Elizabeth II’s side for over 70 years, making him the longest-serving royal consort in British history. Following precedent and royal tradition, he was known as Prince Philip rather than King Philip despite his significant role.
We also examine the significance of his title as royal watchers worldwide commemorate him today, especially at his funeral.
The Title “Prince Consort” Accurately Describes Prince Philip
The term “consort” refers to the spouse of a monarch. While the spouse of a British monarch is known as a queen consort, the husband of a British monarch is known as a prince consort. After marrying the queen in 1947, Prince Philip became known as the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich.
His wife, Queen Elizabeth II, was crowned in 1953, but he was not. However, in 1957, the queen stated in new letters that he was now a Prince of the United Kingdom, as reported by Town & Country.
Prince Of Greece
Philip was born the Prince of Greece and Denmark. Andrew, Prince of Greece and Denmark, and Princess Alice of Battenberg had him. His Greek ancestors fled the nation when political unrest erupted there.
According to the official royal website, he took the surname Mountbatten after marrying Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and becoming a naturalized British subject.
He Accompanied A British Queen As Her Fifth Official Spouse
This was stated on the official royal website. King Philip II of Spain was the husband of Mary I; William III was the husband and co-sovereign of Mary II (though she was nearer the throne as the daughter of James II); Prince George of Denmark was the husband of Queen Anne (though he was not given a title), and Prince Albert was named prince consort to Queen Victoria in 1857.