The Dukes of the Peerage of the United Kingdom

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The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh is a dukedom associated with Edinburgh, Scotland. There have been three creations since 1726. The current holder is Prince Philip, the husband of and royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II.

Dukes of Edinburgh, first Creation (1726)HRH Prince Frederick Louis, Duke of Edinburgh (1707-1751) HRH Prince George, Duke of Edinburgh (1738-1820) (became King in 1760)  Dukes of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1764) HRH Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1743-1805) HRH Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1776-1834)  Dukes of Edinburgh, second Creation (1866) HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900)  Dukes of Edinburgh, third Creation (1947)

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (b. 1921)

The current Duke is the youngest child and only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice (of Battenberg). His grandfather was a Prince of Denmark who became King of Greece. The Duke is also related to Kings of Prussia and Emperors of Russia. The Duke renounced his Greek royal title in 1947 and became a naturalised British subject following his service in the Royal Navy.

The Duke of Edinburgh undertakes many Royal duties. To date His Royal Highness has fulfilled over 18,567 official engagements excluding those accompanying The Queen, an average of 371 each year. In 2001 he undertook 363 solo engagements in the UK and abroad.

Care of the environment has long been one of The Duke of Edinburgh's greatest interests. The Duke was the first President of the World Wildlife Fund-UK from its foundation in 1961 to 1982, was International President of WWF (now World Wide Fund for Nature) from 1981 to 1996, and is now President Emeritus. He has visited WWF projects in over 40 countries on five continents.

Prize winker 

Some 75 prizes and medals are associated with The Duke of Edinburgh. The most unusual is the Silver Wink award. Students at the University of Cambridge challenged Prince Philip to a tiddlywinks match in 1958. The Duke of Edinburgh appointed the Goons as his Royal champions. The Silver Wink has been awarded by the Duke since 1961 to the winner of the University Tiddlywinks Championships.

Worship of the Duke of Edinburgh

The islanders of Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu in the South West Pacific, worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god. Vanuatu was formerly the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides, which Prince Philip visited in 1971. 

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Queen marks hospital's anniversary

The Queen attended a reception on Tuesday night to mark the 125th anniversary of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she met hospital directors and staff from Jerusalem at the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell, London, before viewing items from the historic collection housed in the Museum of the Order.

The Duke of Gloucester, who is Grand Prior of the Order, and the Duchess of Gloucester were also at the event to celebrate the anniversary.

Prince Harry following a family tradition of service with the armed forces

PRINCE Harry is the latest member of monarchy to see action in the services. Although his brother, William, graduated from Sandhurst two years ago, several members of Harry's close family have seen active service.

Harry's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, meanwhile, was decorated for his service with the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He joined the navy as a cadet in 1939 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1942.

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