Exemplar: Philip

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

1921 – 2021

Born His Royal Highness Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.

Joined the Royal Navy.

Served Britain in World War II in both the Mediterranean and Pacific Fleets.

As second-in-command, saved the HMS Wales from bomb attack with a diversionary tactic during the 1943 Invasion of Sicily.

Given command of the HMS Magpie.

Promoted to the rank of Commander.

Created His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Married Princess Elizabeth, heir to the Throne of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Became Consort to the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Commonwealth realm.

Undertook Royal duties from 1952 to 2017.

Patron, president or member of 780 professional and community organisations. There were far too many to list but some notable bodies included The Football Association, Marylebone Cricket Club, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the International Equestrian Federation and his service as Chancellor of the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Salford and Wales.

Established the Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1956, promoting self-development, skills and confidence of youth aged 14 to 24. Today, the Award now spans 144 countries.

Retired from active service at age 96.

From 1952, attended 22,219 solo royal engagements and many more jointly with his wife, the Queen, and family.

From 1952, delivered 5,493 speeches in his various capacities as a member of the Royal Family and patron.

Father to His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales, future King of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms.

Grandfather to His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, future King of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms.

Great-Grandfather to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, future King of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms.

My lifelong mentor who was a President of the Australian Institute of Marine Engineers. On his desk at home is a photograph of him as President presenting Patron Prince Philip with a gift. There will be many such photos proudly on display throughout Anglosphere homes.

At his funeral on 17 April 2021, Prince Philip was styled thus:

Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto his divine mercy the late most Illustrious and most Exalted Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal Victorian Chain, Grand Master and Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom, One of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal in the Army and Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Husband of Her Most Excellent Majesty Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, whom may God preserve and bless with long life, health and honour and all worldly happiness.

For those who value the Anglosphere however, we remember a steadfast man of candour and fun, a man with a twinkle in his eye who embodied duty.

He was not born into Anglo-Celtic culture, but was welcomed into, contributed to and personified it.

Rest in peace.

For more of our illustrious exemplars, see Hillary, Mackenzie, Armstrong, Mawson, Cook and Jenner.

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