Prince Philip, the loyal and royal partner

PARTNERS. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London, on May 29, 2012. Photo by AFP

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, hugged the spotlight a week after the nation celebrated the queen’s jubilee. The queen’s 60th anniversary at the throne was a feat that British media said the 91-year-old royal family’s gruff patriarch has a crucial role in, having been a steadfast in support of his wife at the expense of his own career and ambitions. His unwavering and forthright style and devotion to duty has endeared him to the nation. A peppery naval officer, the Duke of Edinburgh’s no-nonsense approach combined with his infamous and often politically incorrect off-the-cuff remarks has not made it easy for people to warm to his style. He missed some of the jubilee festivities due to a gall bladder infection but not the queen’s affection. They have been married since 1947.

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