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15 Rarely Seen Photos of Prince Philip

Born nearly 100 years ago, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is the longest-serving and oldest-ever royal consort (spouse of the reigning monarch) in British history. Here are some highlights from this near-centenarian's amazingly colorful life.

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When he was the same age as Prince Louis

The bouncing baby boy in this photograph, who was the same age as Prince Louis is today (one year old), was born on June 10, 1921—on a kitchen table in Corfu, Greece as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, the nephew of the reigning King of Greece at the time. Today, the dapper 98-year old (as of June 10, 2019), husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, is styled as His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich.

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When he was the same age as Prince George

When Prince Philip was still an infant, his uncle was deposed and his family exiled to France. In this photograph, he's the same age as Prince George is today (almost six). But his life and future were far more uncertain than little George's.

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A mop-top schoolboy in Paris

At the time of this photograph (which was taken around 1927), Philip was a schoolboy in suburban Paris at the MacJannet American School. Not long after—when Philip was eight years old, his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg (a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria via Victoria's daughter, Princess Alice, which means Philip and Elizabeth are actually related), who had been born deaf, was institutionalized. Soon after that, his traumatized father went to live in the South of France with his mistress, leaving Philip essentially an orphan.

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Fun in the sun

Although times were tough for the young exiled prince, it wasn't all bad. Here he's seen in late summer 1928, vacationing in Mamaia, Romania with some of his European royal relatives, from left to right, Princess Feodora of Greece, King Michael of Romania (who had become king at age five one year prior), the Princesses Helen, Irene, and Marguerite of Greece, and Prince Paul of Greece (Prince Philip is between Marguerite and Paul).

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A dashing young man

This photo was taken the summer Philip turned 15. Philip is pictured with his cousins, Lady Tatiana Mountbatten and David, Earl of Medina. At this point, Philip was living in the United Kingdom with the Mountbatten family. "Mountbatten" is the anglicized version of "Battenberg," which had been the name his mother had been born with, and which was changed due to anti-German sentiment in the United Kingdom following World War I.

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Meaningful eye contact?

At the wedding of Patricia Mountbatten in December 1946, Philip had the honor of being an usher. The women beside him? Princess Elizabeth of York, age 20, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose of York. Elizabeth would one day become Her Majesty The Queen, but before that, she and Philip would fall in love and get married.

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A newlywed

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip married on November 20, 1947. But at the time of the wedding, he was no longer Prince Philip, having renounced his European titles in order to marry his princess. The day before the wedding, his father-in-law-to-be, King George VI, gave Philip the title of Duke of Edinburgh. Philip was styled as a British prince after George's death and Elizabeth's ascension to the throne in 1952. Though he's a prince, Prince Philip will never be considered a king.

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A new dad

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is seen here arriving at the Royal Institute of Galleries in Piccadilly, London. It's one of the very first photographs taken of Philip after he became a father to Prince Charles, who is expected to become king upon the death of his mother, the Queen.

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The Queen and her Prince in kilts

On this day, September 4, 1952, it's been seven months since the Queen ascended the throne. Here, she's pictured with her husband of five years, Prince Philip, who wears a kilt (in the tartan of Balmoral), at the Games at the Braemar Highland Gathering. It was the first time in 54 years, since Queen Victoria was alive and ruling, that a reigning Queen attended the Games.

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Arriving for the funeral of President John F. Kennedy

On November 24, 1963, the Prince arrived at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. to pay his last respects to the late President John F. Kennedy at the November 25 funeral. The Prince is being shown the way to his car by Secretary of State Dean Rusk. Here are the things Netflix's The Crown got completely wrong about the royals.

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