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As dashing in his trunks as he was in a tuxedo… Prince Philip’s remarkable life in photos 


Epitomising a life of service, the Duke of Edinburgh dutifully served his country for more than 70 years as the Queen’s consort on royal tours, visits and functions.

As a senior royal his every movement was followed by a photographer’s lens which captured thousands of images of His Royal Highness, either meeting people, sharing a joke with his family or taking in the occasion.

His death on Friday aged 99, just two months shy of his 100th birthday plunged the nation into mourning ahead of his funeral next weekend in Windsor.

Here, we look back at some of his greatest moments. 

The Duke of Edinburgh looks dashing in a tuxedo as he shares a laugh at a Yacht Club reception at Cowes Regatta in August, 1982

Intrepid pilot Philip climbs into the cockpit of a 600mph Gloster Meteor jet fighter aircraft in 1954

Intrepid pilot Philip climbs into the cockpit of a 600mph Gloster Meteor jet fighter aircraft in 1954

Talking tactics with the Queen at a polo match at Windsor Park in 1956

Talking tactics with the Queen at a polo match at Windsor Park in 1956

The Duke makes his frustrations clear as he tries to take young Prince Charles for a thrilling speedboat ride at Cowes in 1957 ¿ only for the boat to break down

The Duke makes his frustrations clear as he tries to take young Prince Charles for a thrilling speedboat ride at Cowes in 1957 – only for the boat to break down

Strapping Philip, aged 43, is caught in his blue swimming trunks in this holiday snap in the Mediterranean in 1964. His expression suggests he wasn¿t too happy about it

Strapping Philip, aged 43, is caught in his blue swimming trunks in this holiday snap in the Mediterranean in 1964. His expression suggests he wasn’t too happy about it

The teenage Prince Philip of Greece in costume for a production of Macbeth at his Scottish school Gordonstoun

The teenage Prince Philip of Greece in costume for a production of Macbeth at his Scottish school Gordonstoun

Philip, above centre, aged about seven in 1928, practising archery with friends at the MacJannet American School at St Cloud, France. Left: Toddler Philip in 1922

Philip, above centre, aged about seven in 1928, practising archery with friends at the MacJannet American School at St Cloud, France. Left: Toddler Philip in 1922

The then Prince Philip of Greece in 1922 as part of a handout from the Duke of Edinburgh's private selection in the Royal Collection

The then Prince Philip of Greece in 1922 as part of a handout from the Duke of Edinburgh’s private selection in the Royal Collection

The Duke of Edinburgh is pictured clearing the high jump bar with apparent ease during a school athletics championship

The Duke of Edinburgh is pictured clearing the high jump bar with apparent ease during a school athletics championship

Looking determined as he sets off on a fishing trip during a beach holiday in Normandy

Looking determined as he sets off on a fishing trip during a beach holiday in Normandy

The Duke of Edinburgh looking handsome in shorts in a rare photo from his schooldays at Gordonstoun

The Duke of Edinburgh looking handsome in shorts in a rare photo from his schooldays at Gordonstoun

August 1951 and Philip is a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, on the Mediterranean Fleet¿s summer cruise

August 1951 and Philip is a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, on the Mediterranean Fleet’s summer cruise

Here the athletic young officer leaps off his waterskis as he careers on to a beach at Marmaris in Turkey

Here the athletic young officer leaps off his waterskis as he careers on to a beach at Marmaris in Turkey

Philip, front, practising for a regatta off Marmaris with other officers from his ship, HMS Magpie

Philip, front, practising for a regatta off Marmaris with other officers from his ship, HMS Magpie

The kilted Duke at Balmoral, precariously racing down a steep bank on one of his children¿s toys¿

The kilted Duke at Balmoral, precariously racing down a steep bank on one of his children’s toys…

¿ and in a fit of giggles as he hurtles down a water slide installed on the Royal Yacht Britannia

… and in a fit of giggles as he hurtles down a water slide installed on the Royal Yacht Britannia

Having a ball with in 1959 with Hollywood royalty, including Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, left

Having a ball with in 1959 with Hollywood royalty, including Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, left

Welcome to the family! Philip jokes with Pippa Middleton after her sister married Prince William

Welcome to the family! Philip jokes with Pippa Middleton after her sister married Prince William

Noticing something missing from this girl¿s Yeoman¿s costume at Pinewood Film Studios in 1960

Noticing something missing from this girl’s Yeoman’s costume at Pinewood Film Studios in 1960

It¿s the Duke IN Edinburgh in 1982, mingling with an adoring crowd of young women ¿ and clearly enjoying the company immensely ¿ at a garden party at Holyroodhouse, where a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards ceremony was being held

It’s the Duke IN Edinburgh in 1982, mingling with an adoring crowd of young women – and clearly enjoying the company immensely – at a garden party at Holyroodhouse, where a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards ceremony was being held

Hollywood star Rhonda Fleming sees the funny side of Philip in 1951

Hollywood star Rhonda Fleming sees the funny side of Philip in 1951

Back in Scotland, in 2017, the Duke is still making them laugh as he chats to members of the Glasgow Wrens Association at another Holyroodhouse garden party

Back in Scotland, in 2017, the Duke is still making them laugh as he chats to members of the Glasgow Wrens Association at another Holyroodhouse garden party

The Duke and the Queen marvel at the spectacular field of poppies installed at the Tower of London in 2014 to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, as a Beefeater stands guard

The Duke and the Queen marvel at the spectacular field of poppies installed at the Tower of London in 2014 to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, as a Beefeater stands guard

Philip gazes at the young Elizabeth in this delightful official photograph taken in 1947 at Buckingham Palace to mark the couple¿s engagement

Philip gazes at the young Elizabeth in this delightful official photograph taken in 1947 at Buckingham Palace to mark the couple’s engagement

The Queen has a fit of the giggles as she walks past her husband, in full Guards uniform, at an event in Buckingham Palace in 2005

The Queen has a fit of the giggles as she walks past her husband, in full Guards uniform, at an event in Buckingham Palace in 2005

Always up for a lark, the Duke takes part in a novel bicycle polo display at Windsor Park in 1964 ¿ and forces a woman hoping for a quick snap with her camera to take evasive action as he sends a stray pass her way with his mallet

Always up for a lark, the Duke takes part in a novel bicycle polo display at Windsor Park in 1964 – and forces a woman hoping for a quick snap with her camera to take evasive action as he sends a stray pass her way with his mallet

Having a swinging time with Charles and Anne at Balmoral in 1955

Having a swinging time with Charles and Anne at Balmoral in 1955 

Supporting the Queen on the mammoth six-week Canada tour of 1959

Supporting the Queen on the mammoth six-week Canada tour of 1959

The Prince retired from public engagements in 2017, bringing to an end 22,219 he had attended since the Queen ascended the throne in 1952

The Prince retired from public engagements in 2017, bringing to an end 22,219 he had attended since the Queen ascended the throne in 1952



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