HRH Prince Philip celebrates his 90th birthday today. He has been a tremendous servant to Britain for all of his adult life. There are very few people who have had such a long career in service, one might say that even at 90, he is not yet retired and remains the longest-serving British consort.

At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Navy and like others his age, was projected into World War II initially serving on HMS Ramillies (1940) staying out of the conflict as Greece was at that point still neutral. The invasion of Greece by Italy saw him moved to combat duty on HMS Valiant (1941) and HMS Wallace (1942). He became engaged in July 1947 when 26 and was married on 20th November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. He became a father for the first time in November 1948 when he was 27 and has four children. He has now been married to Her Majesty the Queen for 63 years. This is a highly impressive man. Happy Birthday.

Dominic Thomas
Solomons IFA

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