PRINCE PHILIP celebrates his birthday today, as Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of years turns 99. Although he is the Duke of Edinburgh and a Knight of the Garter now, he once went by a different title.
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Prince Philip turns 99 today, making the Duke of Edinburgh one year away from becoming the Royal Family’s newest centenarian. He married the Queen more than 70 years ago and has since taken on several senior positions within the Royal Family.
What was Prince Philip’s original title?
Prince Philip wasn’t always a British Prince, having been born into the Greek royal family.
He was born in Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
His original title was, therefore, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.
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Young Prince Philip title: What was Prince Philip’s ORIGINAL royal title? (Image: GETTY)
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Young Prince Philip title: Prince Philip had to drop his other titles when he married the Queen (Image: GETTY)
Before the Prince Married the Queen in 1947, he was forced to abandon these titles.
On the morning of the couple’s wedding, he adopted a selection of other titles.
He became the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.
The Duke didn’t formally become a Prince until a decade later when the Queen issued a letters patent giving him a princely title.
Young Prince Philip title: Philip didn’t officially become a Prince until 1957 (Image: GETTY)
One title he has never held, however, is Prince Consort, which people may have expected him to adopt.
Traditionally, when a member of the Royal Family becomes king, his partner becomes Queen Consort and may be referred to as Queen.
The reason Prince Philip didn’t take on a consort title is due to gender-based rules governed by Parliament.
By their rules, male members who have married in cannot take a version of their wives’ title.
Young Prince Philip title: Prince Charles may become the next King Philip (Image: GETTY)
While the Queen’s husband may never be King Philip, his son could take on the name.
When Prince Charles eventually takes to the throne, he could become King Philip.
The Prince may pick from his full name of Prince Charles Arthur Philip, as explained by UCL’s Constitution Unit.
They said: “[Prince Charles] is free to choose his own regnal title.”
“King Edward VII chose Edward as his regnal title, although hitherto he had been known by his first name of Albert.
“King Edward VIII also chose Edward as his regnal title, although he was known to his family and friends as David.
“Prince Charles’s Christian names are Charles Philip Arthur George.
“Instead of becoming King Charles he might choose to become King George VII, or King Philip, or King Arthur.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK