On April 9th 2021, the world was saddened by the news of the sad passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
In his 99 years, Prince Philip’s contribution to the world was unmistakable.
He spent over 10 years in the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Airforce – even fighting against the Nazi’s in World War II.
In 1939 he was asked to escort King George VI’s daughters through the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. It was there that he fell in love with his future wife – Elizabeth II. The two exchanged letters over the following years and eventually married in 1947.
Proactive as ever, the Queen insisted Philip have “place, pre-eminence and precedence" next to her at all times when possible.
Philip has supported his wife, Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign. Standing by her side at ceremonies, dinners and world tours, Philip was a vital bone in the body of the British Royal Family.
As the longest-serving British Royal consort, he was a patron of roughly 800 organizations, but his legacy will be most felt in his establishment of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
To help younger generations thrive, Philip pioneered the Award in 1956. It has since expanded to 144 nations. Over 775,000 young Australians have participated in the award, which recognises adolescents who undertake self-improvement activities. Many young people have seen their lives enriched as a direct result.
The Royal Family on Coins
Over the years the Royal Family’s milestones and achievements have been celebrated on coins and commemoratives. Further tributes to Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II are available online at Downies.com.
Pay tribute to the man who gave the Queen ‘constant strength and guide’ throughout their life together.