Five Forgotten Facts about Prince Philip [LIST]

Although Prince Philip was renowned for his gaffes and carriage driving skill, there are many things the world did not know about him.

Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99.

Husband of the world’s longest-reigning monarch, Prince Philip, passed away peacefully on Friday at the Windsor Castle at the age of 99. Prince Philip, the Greece-born royal, had been at the side of Queen Elizabeth II for more than 73 years.


Although Prince Philip was renowned for his gaffes and carriage driving skill, there are many things the world did not know about him.

Here are some lesser-known facts about Prince Philip, the longest-serving consort to a British sovereign:

Prince Philip sacrificed a lot to marry the Queen.

Sacrificed a lot to Marry a Princess

Prince Philip made major sacrifices to marry Princess Elizabeth in 1947. He had to renounce his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark to take up British nationality and become the Duke of Edinburgh just before his marriage, and then Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

Philip also forfeited his active duty as a naval commander after his wife was brought to the throne on the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. He was obliged to convert from Greek Orthodoxy to Anglicanism to marry and reportedly stopped smoking before the wedding to please his bride.

The Royal Family did not view the Prince highly.

Royal Family called him Rough and Ill-mannered

Queen Elizabeth II described the Duke of Edinburgh as her “strength and stay”. However, when she fell for him, the Royal Family was reportedly less than convinced. One insider told journalists that the royals felt that the young navy officer was “rough, ill-mannered, uneducated and would probably not be faithful”. Elizabeth’s mother was reported by a media outlet to have privately referred to Philip as “The Hun”.

According to reports, the palace introduced Queen Elizabeth II to more acceptable suitors. However, the young woman married the prince. However, Prince Philip’s sisters (who were married to German aristocrats) were not invited to the wedding.

Prince Philip lovingly called the Queen ‘Cabbage’.

Nick Named the Queen ‘Cabbage’

Prince Philip nicknamed his wife cabbage. The name became public with the 2006 film “The Queen” in which, as he gets into bed, he tells her to “move over, cabbage”. The film’s screenwriter Peter Morgan shared:

I inquired in royal circles and was told on excellent authority that that is what the duke sometimes calls the queen.

It should be noted that the term of endearment may come from “mon petit chou” in French, a language Philip picked up living in France for seven years as a child. The term translates to “my little cabbage”.

Prince Philip was never close with his son.

Was Never Close with Charles

Prince Philip and his eldest son Charles were “never particularly close”. Their relationship fell to an “unprecedented low” in 1995. A media outlet reported that the two were “at war” in the wake of the duke’s decision to fell 63 ancient oak trees at Windsor Castle. Reports further stated that the prince had launched a savage attack in private on his father, accusing him of vandalism.

Prince Philip had a reputation for coldness towards his children. He sent Charles to the Scottish boarding school Gordonstoun, where he had once been a head boy. According to reports, Charles described the institution as “Colditz in kilts”, a reference to a German prisoner-of-war camp.

Prince Philip was passionate about painting.

Passion for Painting

Prince Philip was well-known for his love of horses and the equestrian activities of polo and carriage driving, a sport in which he competed for Britain. Some people also know that he was a writer and a pilot. However, not many were aware of the Prince’s passion for painting.

His most famous work was a 1965 image that showed his wife at breakfast reading the morning papers. The painting was titled: “The Queen at Breakfast, Windsor Castle”.

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