Prince Philip was an extraordinary man who provided steadfast support to his wife and our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.
The Trustees and staff of the Officers' Association join the nation in expressing their condolences to remember a remarkable officer who made a valuable contribution to the Armed Forces throughout his life.
Prince Philip started his respected naval career as a cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and passed out top of his class in 1940. By 1942 he was one of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy, onboard the destroyer HMS Wallace. After his wedding in 1947 to Princess Elizabeth, he continued his naval career in Malta and was appointed to his own command on HMS Magpie. After the death of the King, he left the Royal Navy in 1951 to support The Queen "to ensure the Queen can reign."
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh went on to develop the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and earned praise for his commitment to preserving forests and campaigning against overfishing.
His service to the Royal Family and the country was highlighted by The Queen herself, "He has quite simply been my strength and stay all these years."
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