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    Prince Philip Has Died

    From The Wall Street Journal:

    Prince Philip, a constant presence at the side of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history, has died. He was 99.

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    In 1940 Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy, serving with distinction in World War II in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. During a 1941 battle off the coast of Greece, his skillful manning of his ship’s searchlight helped his crew sink two Italian cruisers in five minutes, Mr. Pimlott writes. In 1942, at the age of 21, he was one of the youngest officers ever named first lieutenant and second-in-command of a destroyer.
    I'm sure most folks outside the UK are pretty well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ right now, but he was an interesting piece of what seems to be a rapidly closing era of history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
    I'm sure most folks outside the UK are pretty well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ right now, but he was an interesting piece of what seems to be a rapidly closing era of history.
    Indeed. From the National Review article:

    Philip was born on June 10, 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu and was a member of both the Greek and Danish royal families, though he was not Greek.

    He was the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. His uncle was forced to abdicate the throne when Philip was a baby, with the family fleeing to Paris. Philip was brought along in a crib made from an orange box.

    When he was 7 years old he moved to England to live at Kensington Palace with his paternal grandmother, Victoria Mountbatten. At 18 he joined the Royal Navy, graduating from the Britannia Royal Naval College as a top cadet. He served in a number of places, including the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. He was in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered at the end of World War II in 1945.

    He met his future wife in 1934 at a family wedding — the two are both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
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    He had a good run. And a colorful one at that.

    R.I.P.
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    Very sorry to hear about Philly. The country will not be happy.

    That's going to pale in comparison to when Lizzy goes. The country will probably stop in it's tracks.

    Prince Charles is what, 73 now? Royal Family is getting old.
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    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/347732...c-engagements/

    Not the brightest chap, for sure.

    And Charles can't deny his ancestry

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ View Post
    Prince Charles is what, 73 now? Royal Family is getting old.
    He's 72, but not exactly the picture of health. My money has always been on Charles going before Elizabeth does.

    Charles would be the death of the monarchy, I think. Britons seem to like William enough, but enough to put him on their currency...?
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    He’s been in that almost translucent he’s so close to death stage of life for quite a while now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caballoflaco View Post
    He’s been in that almost translucent he’s so close to death stage of life for quite a while now.
    Right? The pictures of him leaving the hospital in February, he looked more dead than alive. I hope he wasn't in any significant pain there at the end, he looked pretty bad.

    Not that they are likely to see, but my condolences to the Royal Family and to England for their loss. Phillip seemed to have not only been colorful, but also someone who engaged enthusiastically with his responsibilities and cared about the people in as much as someone born to his station is able.
    Seriously guys, are we not doing 'phrasing' anymore?

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