Queen’s speech: Royal expert on ‘secret message’
Prince Philip, 99, and the Queen, 94, have had a quiet Christmas at Windsor Castle, having to forgo the traditional Sandringham celebrations due to coronavirus. Usually, all the Windsors gather at the Queen’s Norfolk home and walk to the nearby Mary Magdalene Church for a Christmas Day service. However, with strict rules on households meeting, this was not to be.
In their nineties, the royal couple are in the high-risk category when it comes to the virus, and so have been isolating in the so-called HMS Bubble of Windsor Castle.
The Queen gave her annual Christmas Day speech, delivering a message of hope to the country, praising the “indomitable spirit” of those who have risen “magnificently” to the challenges of the pandemic.
In the televised speech – shown on BBC One – she paid tribute to the “kindness of strangers” whose actions have inspired all.
The Queen added even the “darkest nights” have a promise of a “new dawn”.
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Giving her speech, the Queen sat at a desk with a framed photo of her husband Philip.
The couple have faced a Christmas like many across the UK, unable to see family and friends in person.
Philip will turn 100-years-old on June 10, 2021 and retired from royal duties in 2017.
What is Prince Philip’s full name and title?
In July 1947, to marry then Princess Elizabeth, Philip had to rescind his Greek and Danish royal titles.
He adopted the surname Mountbatten from his mother’s side of the family and became a British subject.
Before he did so, Philip was known as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.
Today, Philip’s full title is His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
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Throughout his royal career, he also adopted several other titles and honours.
He was appointed by King George VI to the Order of the Garter on November 19, 1947, which was the eve of his wedding.
In 1952, upon Elizabeth’s accession to the throne, Philip was appointed Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, Colonel-in-Chief of the British Army Cadet Force, and Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps.
A year later he was appointed to the equivalent positions in Canada and made Admiral of the Fleet, Captain General Royal Marines, Field Marshal, and Marshal of the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom.
He has also handed some titles down to family members throughout the years.
In 2015, Philip granted his role of Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief to the Duchess of Cambridge.
In 1975, Philip was appointed Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, this was then handed over to his son Prince Andrew in 2017.
And Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall took over as Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment from Prince Philip in July 2020.
The Queen has also bequeathed her husband honours through the years to commemorate special milestones.
For his 90th birthday in 2011, the Queen appointed her husband Lord High Admiral, as well as to the highest ranks available in all three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Then to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 2017, the Queen appointed him Knight Grand Cross (GCVO) of the Royal Victorian Order.
This made Philip the first British national since his uncle Earl Mountbatten of Burma to be permitted to wear the breast stars of four orders of chivalry in the United Kingdom.
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