Prince Philip becomes the longest-lived male member of the British Royal Family

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh

On 24 February 2013, Prince Philip became the oldest-ever British male royal.

The Duke of Edinburgh was born on  10 June 1921 and will turn 92 this year. His parents were the Prince and Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. His mother, born Princess Alice of Battenberg, was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of the United Kingdom. His father was a grandson of Christian IX of Denmark and a great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. He had a distinguished naval career, including active service during World War II, before marrying Princess Elizabeth (now Elizabeth II) in 1947.

Prince Philip is also the longest serving royal consort in history, as well as the oldest spouse of a reigning British Monarch in history.

The previous record of being the oldest British male royal belonged to Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, the seventh child and fourth son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince Arthur was born on 1 May 1850 and died on 16 January 1942 at the age of 91 years, 8 months and 15 days.

The record for the longest-lived male descendant of Queen Victoria belongs to Count Carl Johan Bernadotte of Wisborg, the Duke of Connaught’s grandson, who lived to the age of 95 years, 6 months and 5 days before his death in 2012. Prince Philip would surpass this record on 15 December 2016.

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