Prince Philip Turns 99 Making Him the Third Longest Living British Royal —Which Royals Have Lived Longer?
Prince Philip is about to turn 99 years old, making the Duke of Edinburgh the third longest-living British royal. This year, Philip will celebrate his birthday in relative isolation as he and Queen Elizabeth are still under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. While Philip is only one year away from hitting the century mark, there are two members of the royal family who have lived longer than him.
What will Prince Philip be doing on his birthday?
Philip’s birthday is on June 10 and he is expected to mark the occasion in a very low-key way with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. A few months ago, Philip celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s birthday in much the same way as the royals continue to take precautions against the virus.
During Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, the two likely enjoyed a few video calls with their children and grandchildren, who are also isolating amid the pandemic. Although Philip’s birthday is the focus, he will be competing with another event over the weekend.
This coming weekend, Queen Elizabeth’s birthday will be marked by Trooping the Colour, which is being modified to keep Her Majesty safe. Instead of having a big parade outside of Windsor Castle, the royals will be celebrating the occasion inside.
Although Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are likely looking forward to his birthday, he is not the first member of the royal family to reach 99 years and beyond.
This is the longest living member of the royal family
At the age of 99, one might guess that Philip has lived longer than anyone else in his family. Turns out, there are two people that are slightly older than the Duke of Edinburgh.
According to Express, the longest-living royal is Princess Alice, who lived until the age of 103. The Duchess of Gloucester was Prince Henry’s wife. As royal watchers may recall, Henry was a son of King George V and Queen Mary.
Following Alice, Queen Mother, who was Queen Elizabeth’s mom, lived to be 101 years old. She passed away in 2002 while Alice died in 2004.
Prior to Philip turning 98, the third longest-living member of the royal family was Princess Alice of Albany. She lived to be nearly 98 years old and was the last living grandchild of Queen Victoria.
Philip, of course, is only a year away from breaking the century mark and could very well overtake Alice as the longest-living royal in British history. Until then, he does hold a few other records under his belt.
Prince Philip holds this title as a royal
Philip might not be the oldest royal to ever live but he is the oldest male member of the royal family. The second oldest male royal was Prince Arthur, who lived until he was 91 years old.
Philip has also served as a consort to the monarch longer than anyone else in British history. He earned that mark way back in 2009 (Queen Elizabeth also has the honor of being the longest-reigning queen in Britain).
The Duke of Edinburgh, of course, retired from his position in the royal family in 2017. Over the course of his long career supporting Queen Elizabeth, Philip took part in over 22,000 solo events.
The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth mark his birthday in a special way
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth may be celebrating his birthday alone at Windsor Castle, but that didn’t stop them from marking the occasion in a special way on social media.
Taking to Instagram, the royal couple posted a recent photo of themselves posing inside Windsor Castle’s quadrangle. The image was the first time Philip has been seen in public since his trip to the hospital in December. Following his retirement from public life, Prince Philip spends the vast majority of his days at Wood Farm, which is located on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate