Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has had a remarkable life – and one of the most unusual – at the very heart of British public life, also reaching a wide range of business organizations. He will be remembered was the great support of Queen Elizabeth II during her reign, the longest serving and living person in British history.
In recent years, he is arguably less widely known to the public, despite his controversial role in Netflix.
Actor Matt Smith’s “The Crown” series brought him to the public’s attention in a widely viewed version of his flaws. Likewise, the British media tended to focus on his controversial comments and alleged scrutiny, which overshadowed his broader achievements.
It is up to him to determine a role because he has no definite place in the British constitution.
Prince Philip is an active patron of many business organizations related to engineering, architecture, Design Council, chemistry and aviation. He chaired a committee for the Queen’s Award for Industry and he was an attractive fundraiser.
A sketch of his life is well documented. He was born the prince of Greece and Denmark on the kitchen table in Corfu on June 10, 1921. Until King Constantine was born in 1940, he was the heir to the Greek throne (after the uncle and his father). Growing up as a small member of that family, he went into exile in December 1922, after which the family lived in Paris, disconnected from their royal roles and with little money. Prince Philip is fortunate to have two rich aunts who pay for his education – Princess George of Greece (Marie Bonaparte), who has a huge fortune from her grandfather, François Blanc (earned from gambling at Hamburg and Monte Carlo), and niece Edwina Mountbatten. by Ernest Cassel, who has interests in banking, mining and heavy industry.
His uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, has ambitious and credible on his behalf in transforming him from an exiled Greek prince into a British naval officer. Prince Philip served bravely throughout World War II.
He never had any money of his own, but his financial outlook improved after marrying Princess Elizabeth in 1947. When she became queen in 1952, he was able to buy his mother one. apartment in Athens, and then say, unlike most other men. You don’t have to make a living. This has freed him to pursue more personal interests. He was in charge of running the royal estates at Windsor, Balmoral and Sandringham, to relieve pressure on the queen. As his spouse, he sees his primary duty as supporting her, and there he does not fail. When not asked, he explored many other projects, related to his services, education, award programs, youth businesses and charitable activities.
Many of these were directly or indirectly involved in the business: Philip was a modernizer, and he sought successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders to guide him. One such figure is the famous chemist Harold Hartley, with whom he has discussed many issues, reporting on businessmen and politicians not interested in visiting Australia, while praising welfare state in New Zealand. Hartley inspired him to set up research conferences at Oxford, which covered the living conditions of factory workers.
It was at a fundraising event a few years ago that Philip summoned a group of wealthy Canadians at Buckingham Palace, greeting them with an opening gesture: “So – are you guys going to put your hands in your pockets?” This has appealed, and they are obligated. His speeches were heard as widely as possible if he were still a naval officer. Upon arriving in Paris with Queen Elizabeth for a state visit, he gave a controversial speech in front of the Chamber of Commerce, leaving ambassador Christopher Soames away from himself by describing it as “very personal. he”.
Prince Philip applied military (or possibly naval) logic to everything he did. If he takes on a project, he backs it up thoroughly and sees through it. He enjoys an argument and accepts nothing in terms of value. He possesses the impatience of someone who is always eager to execute his plans. He quickly discovered ignorance and ignorance. He particularly dislikes the presidents of companies, who have turned to giving polished speeches during royal visits, and likes to catch them out if they haven’t mastered their briefs yet. Only when an official biographer has access to his well-kept archive will his full effort be appreciated.
In a remarkable life, he was ahead of his time on climate change and other green issues, and was the forerunner of many of the latter concerns developed by his son, Prince Charles. Like Queen Elizabeth, he wasted no time worrying about what people thought of him, but just got to work. His place in British life is unique and hard to repeat.
Hugo Vickers is a biographer and broadcaster, specializing in the 20th century and the royal family. He wrote “Elizabeth, the Queen Mother” in 2006 and also wrote books about actress Greta Garbo and photographer Cecil Beaton.