The monarch, 94, flanked by her family members will lead the nation in mourning the loss of her husband who has been dubbed "the grandfather of the
The monarch, 94, flanked by her family members will lead the nation in mourning the loss of her husband who has been dubbed “the grandfather of the nation”. His death at Windsor Castle on April 9 set off a wave of public sympathy and praise for his service poured in from around the world. The duke was known for his quick wit and charm and unwavering support of the Queen.
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The Duke of Edinburgh title was first created by King George I who bestowed it on his grandson Prince Frederick, who also became Prince of Wales the following year.
When Frederick passed away the titles were inherited by his son Prince George who went on to become King George III in 1760.
When he ascended the throne the titles merged with the Crown and ceased to exist.
More than 100 years later Queen Victoria re-created the title for her second son Prince Alfred.
The title and its subsidiaries became extinct upon his death in 1900.
And in 1947 the Duke of Edinburgh title was given a new lease of life when King George VI gave it to his son-in-law Prince Philip when he married the then-Princess Elizabeth.
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When he becomes King his titles will merge with the Crown and he may choose to bestow them on other royals.
Prince Edward, the duke’s youngest son, is tipped to eventually inherit his father’s title.
When Edward married Sophie in 1999 the couple were given the titles of Earl and Countess of Wessex and the palace also said that the Queen’s youngest child would eventually one day take the Duke of Edinburgh title.
Millions of people will today watch the televised funeral of the duke as Great Britain and the Commonwealth mark the end of an era.
The fastidious plans were revealed by the palace this week before a previously unseen photo of the Queen and her late husband.
The royal couple are pictured as they are rarely seen – relaxing together during a summer break and enjoying the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands on the Balmoral estate.
The duke’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen and his “courage, fortitude and faith” will be marked at his funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Covid regulations have reduced the scope of the service with public elements cancelled, mourners reduced from around 800 to just 30, and all guests wearing face masks and sitting apart.
All eyes will be on Prince Harry who will be pictured with his family for the first time in more than a year and less than six weeks after his and Meghan’s explosive Oprah interview.