We at Imperial War Museums (IWM) were deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and would like to express our condolences to all his family.
Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy and saw active service during the Second World War. In November 1947, he married Princess Elizabeth.
His naval career came to end following his wife’s accession to the throne in 1952, when he became consort. Speaking as they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, the Queen paid tribute to his contributions to his wife, family and country.
‘He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.’
We share here images of the Duke of Edinburgh from IWM’s collections.
A condolence book is available on the website of the Royal Family.
In 2002, the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened IWM North in Salford and in 2010, he attended the dedication of HMS Belfast’s new masts where he met fellow veterans of the Royal Navy and invited guests.
The Duke of Edinburgh served as First Lieutenant on HMS Whelp, which was present in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945 when Japan formally surrendered, bringing the Second World War to an end.
60 years later, he visited IWM to participate in an event commemorating Victory over Japan Day alongside other veterans.