Prinz Philip, Admiral oft the Fleet



Prinz Philip, Admiral of the Fleet.

Der Duke of Edinburgh als Captain-General of the Royal Marines.

Der anerkannte britische Internet-Auftritt Forces würdigt Prinz Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, unter militärischem Aspekt.

The entire country is united in mourning tonight over the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The 99-year-old husband to Her Majesty the Queen died this morning, Buckingham Palace announced.

Although all of Britain will be moved by his passing, perhaps one of the most saddened communities is the Armed Forces. His relationship to those who serve, or have served, was not solely because he held several military titles but also because he was himself a decorated Second World War veteran.

The Duke of Edinburgh joined the Royal Navy in 1939 at the age of 18. In 1941, Prince Philip was transferred to HMS Valiant, a battleship equipped with radar and anti-aircraft guns. On this ship, he saw action during the Battle of Crete and was mentioned in dispatches for his involvement in the Battle of Cape Matapan.

As well as holding Royal Navy titles including the rank Admiral of the Fleet, The Duke of Edinburgh was a Field Marshal of the British Army, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Cadet Force. In the Royal Air Force, the Prince held appointments including Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps and Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Kinloss. He additionally held the title of Captain-General of the Royal Marines before handing it over to his grandson, Prince Harry.

The Armed Forces community will be united in grief but highly proud of HRH Prince Philip’s associations with so many different parts of Britain’s military. And we will never forget him and his service to Queen and Country.

Rest in peace, Sir.

Field Marshal of the British Army.