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HELLO! Special Collectors' Edition - HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HELLO! Special Collectors' Edition - HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

HELLO! Special Collectors' Edition - HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

His complete biography, family photo albums and exclusive reports including coverage of his historic royal funeral.

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Hello! Limited

in this issue

3 min
a touching tribute at the altar

‘There simply wasn’t space to have them all on display at the funeral’ His many medals, awards and insignia were a source of immense pride to the Duke of Edinburgh, so when it came to choosing which would be displayed at his funeral, he decided himself. The Duke selected the regalia that meant the most to him, displayed on nine burgundy velvet and gold piped cushions and placed at the altar for the service. Among them were his Royal Air Force wings and field marshal’s baton, as well as the most distinguished orders from Denmark and Greece – the Order of the Elephant and the Order of the Redeemer – in recognition of his heritage as Prince of Denmark and Greece. The display also included awards and tributes from the UK and Commonwealth…

3 min
gyles brandreth

The Duke of Edinburgh was “the most dynamic human being I’ve ever met”, says his long-time friend and biographer Gyles Brandreth. Gyles, who knew the Duke for more than 40 years, says the supremely unstuffy Prince Philip was interested in “real people” and once went into the kitchen after an official lunch in London to thank staff individually, seeking out the washers-up. “That was so typical of him,” the author and broadcaster tells HELLO!. “But he wasn’t always easy. At the last fundraising night I did at Buckingham Palace about ten years ago, he kept heckling me during my speech, saying: ‘That’s not true,’ and: ‘Get on with it.’ It was quite disconcerting.” Philip was also irritated when headlines about his so-called gaffes often misrepresented him, says Gyles, adding he was pleased…

1 min
the duke’s carriage

Making an appearance at the funeral was the Duke’s much-loved horse-drawn carriage, in which he had enjoyed many outings over the years. The polished dark-green four-wheeled carriage, which Prince Philip designed himself, stood in the quadrangle of the castle, along with his two black fell ponies, Balmoral Nevis and Notlaw Storm, and two of Prince Philip’s grooms, and his hat, gloves and whip (inset), as his coffin began its journey to the chapel. The carriage, which Philip used for riding around Windsor and other royal estates, was built eight years ago. Made from aluminised steel, it has two padded black leather seats for up to four people and can harness up to eight horses. A clock mounted on brass at the front was given to him by the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars…

8 min
prince philip of greece and denmark

With a firm and steady gaze, nine-year-old Prince Philip proudly poses in the uniform of an evzone – a Greek elite soldier – raising his right hand in salute. Despite his tender years, his commanding demeanour and stoic disposition are already clear to see. This strength of character not only helped him endure the many tribulations and tragedies that beset his childhood, but it also enabled him to become a staunch source of support to those he loved in adulthood. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark’s pedigree was profoundly royal, and yet the way in which he entered the world was rather humble. On 10 June 1921 he was born on a kitchen table in Mon Repos, a villa set among groves of olive and cypress trees on the island of Corfu. Taking…

2 min
stepping into a life of duty

The Coronation procession was the nation’s greatest post-war parade. Philip called it ‘not a bad show’In swearing to support Elizabeth for the rest of his life, Philip had embarked on his most significant role One of Prince Philip’s first official titles was chairman of the Coronation Commission, giving him a pivotal role in the complex preparations for the historic day. “There is a tremendous amount to be done, so the sooner we get down to it the better,” he told committee members at their first meeting on 2 May 1952. UNCROWNED HERO While the Duke was a driving force in planning the event for 2 June 1953, during the ceremony he played solely a supporting role; he was not crowned consort, as the Queen’s mother and grandmother Queen Mary had been. He and the Queen…

2 min
special souvenir tribute prince philip 1921-2021

The Duke of Edinburgh was an extraordinary man, a tireless public servant who helped shape the lives of millions of people. He had many outstanding achievements. A loving father, grandfather and greatgrandfather, he was also a war hero, an environmentalist and, with the many groundbreaking projects he launched over the years, a tireless champion of young people. But, of course, his greatest legacy – and the one history books will remember him best by – is as the man who for more than 73 years was the Queen’s rock, or as she so famously put it, “her strength and stay”. As numerous commentators have said since his passing a mere two months shy of turning 100, he was, as the longest-serving consort in British history, the joint author in making the Queen’s reign…