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Philip of Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, Count of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich, 95, is the longest-living consort in the history of the British monarchy, in tune with the vitality of a Queen who has turned 65 on the throne.

Since joining the then heiress to the throne of the United Kingdom on November 20, 1947, Philip has been with Isabel II for seven decades, and together they have had great events for his family and the country.

Together with his wife, head of state of 17 Commonwealth countries, he lived the coronation in London in 1953, the divorces of his children in the annus horribilis of 1992 and the death in 1997 of Diana of Wales – ex-wife of his son Carlos, who had a devastating impact on the rigid British royal family.

Married to one of the richest and most famous women on the planet, the prince has fulfilled his role with more loyalty than fidelity, according to the chroniclers who echo his legendary Donjuanismo as well as its authoritarian nature, due in part to a rigid Military education

Spontaneous and often politically incorrect, the Duke of Edinburgh is reputed to be foul-mouthed and, above all, to screw up a situations thai it he has blamed that sometimes the press does not understand his humor.

The duke showed his joking style yesterday, this time careful, when opening a new facility at the Lord’s cricket club in London joked: “Now they are going to see the most experienced platemaker in the world.”

Born in 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu, Prince Philip is related to several European royal houses, including Danish, Greek, Norwegian, Romanov in Russia and the Windsor of England, for he is a distant cousin to his wife , Whom he has known since he was 18 years old.

When they married, Philip changed his nationality, religion and surname (he adopted the maternal of Mountbatten), while renouncing his rights of succession in Denmark and Greece.

The photos of that post-war wedding at Westminster Abbey, when Isabel was just 21 and Philip 26, show a smiling and handsome couple, dressed in ivory satin with a pearl design, and he, blond , tall and with good plant, in his uniform of the Navy.

The next year they had their first son, Carlos, the current heir to the Crown, and in June 1953, when the coronation of Elizabeth II was celebrated more than a year after the death of his father, King George VI, Princess Ana

The offspring has given displeasure to the Duke of Edinburgh as three of his four children separated and one of the divorces, that of Charles and Diana, was sounded.

Prince Philip’s antipathy for his daughter-in-law Diana of wales was public and had consequences when the princess died in 1997 in a car accident in Paris with her then boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed.

In addition to four children, the Duke of Edinburgh has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, including Prince George of Cambridge, born on July 22, 2013 in London and future King of England.

London, May 4 2017, EFE / PracticaEspañol

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