Prince Philip at 90

To mark the 90th birthday of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on 10 June 2011, an exhibition is currently running at Windsor Castle, illustrating his eventful life. We bring you some of the remarkable images on show.

Press photographers were invited to Buckingham Palace on the day that the royal engagement between Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten and Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, was announced, in July 1947. Image: The Royal Collection. (© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2011)

Born in 1921 on the Mediterranean island of Corfu, Prince Philip, the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, and a Prince of Greece and Denmark, turns 90 this month, an event currently being marked by a special exhibition at Windsor Castle.

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The display brings together photographs, memorabilia, paintings and gifts selected from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the duke’s personal collection, which illustrate key moments in the prince’s life. Among the items on display is Prince Philip’s Cambridge University Library Card, handwritten speeches and paintings of and by the prince himself.

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Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years is on display at Windsor Castle until 22 January 2012.

A sepia photograph of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, as a baby.
This photograph was taken in Athens when the infant prince was about one year old, shortly before the family left Greece following a military coup, which forced the them into exile. Image: Collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (© Reserved. Photograph: The Royal Collection)
A 23-year-old Prince Philip wearing his navy uniform.
In 1944, the year this photograph was taken, 23-year-old Prince Philip was appointed First Lieutenant of the new fleet destroyer HMS ‘Whelp’. Image: Collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (© Reserved. Photograph: The Royal Collection)
Prince Philip stretches his hand towards a group of king penguins.
In 1957, the duke became the first member of the British royal family to cross the Antarctic circle. Here he can be seen with a colony of king penguins at the Bay of Isles. Image: The Collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (© Reserved. Photograph: The Royal Collection)
Prince Philip being brought ashore the island of Vaitupu in a large canoe by a group of people.
In 1959, the Duke of Edinburgh was brought ashore the island of Vaitupu in a dug-out, outrigger canoe. He described how ‘the crew … negotiated the surf over the coral reef very skilfully’. Image: The collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (© Reserved. Photograph: The Royal Collection)
A young Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth smile at each other in this photo taken on the day of their engagement.
Press photographers were invited to Buckingham Palace on the day that the royal engagement between Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten and Princess Elizabeth, elder daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, was announced, in July 1947. Image: The Royal Collection. (© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2011)
Prince Philip and his son Prince Charles onboard Philip's boat 'Bluebottle'.
Prince Philip started sailing while he was at Gordonstoun School in Scotland. He can be seen here with Prince Charles in the Dragon Class keelboat Bluebottle, a gift to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their marriage. Image: The collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (© Beken & Sons. Photograph: The Royal Collection)
A bracelet made from gold, diamond, sapphire and ruby.
This gold, diamond, sapphire and ruby bracelet was designed by the Duke as a fifth wedding anniversary gift for the Queen. The links are composed of interlocked Es and Ps. Image: The Royal Collection. (©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2011)
Butterflies take flight around Prince Philip.
This photograph was taken in February 1988, when the prince visited the threatened winter habitat of the Monarch butterfly in Sierra Chincua, Michoacan State, Mexico on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund UK. Prince Philip was the charity’s first president. Image: The Royal Collection. (© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2011)
Prince Philip looks right in this portrait by David Poole.
One of three portraits of the Duke of Edinburgh painted by David Poole, president of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters between 1983 and 1991. The portraits were given to the Queen on her 60th birthday in 1986. Image: The Royal Collection. (© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2011)
Two lizards on top of a rock.
The prince has always been a keen photographer and took this photograph on a trip to Galapagos Islands in 1964. Image: The collection of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. (© Reserved. Photograph: The Royal Collection)