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article imagePrince Philip to mark 90th birthday in June

By Lynn Curwin     Apr 13, 2011 in World
London - Prince Philip will turn 90 on June10 but, because he is busy with official engagements that day, a special service to mark his birthday will be held two days later.
Members of the Royal Family will attend a service at St George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, on June 12, which will be followed by a reception in the castle's state rooms.
The BBC reported that, on his birthday, the Duke of Edinburgh would be taking part in a centenary reception for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, of which he is patron. During the evening, as Senior Colonel, Household Division, he will chair the Senior Colonels' Conference and hold a dinner.
Although he decided to step down as president or patron of some organisations because of his age, he is still involved with more than 800 groups.
Yahoo News reported that the palace estimates Prince Philip has made about 5,000 speeches and lectures during the course of his public life.
People can leave birthday messages online, look at photos, and learn more about him.
He was born as Prince Philip of Greece, on the island of Corfu, but renounced his royal title in 1947 and became a naturalised British subject following his service in the Royal Navy.
He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, and gave her a bracelet he designed, using stones from a tiara his mother had owned, as his wedding present.
In 1953 he gave up his active career in the Navy.
The official website of The British Monarchy reports that he "gained his RAF Wings in 1953, his helicopter wings with the Royal Navy in 1956, and his Private Pilots Licence in 1959. He gave up flying in August 1997 after accumulating 5,986 hours as a pilot in 59 types of aircraft."
He was a medal-winning member of the British Competition Carriage Driving team, painted in oils, had an early version of a mobile telephone fitted to his car in 1953, published ‘Birds from Britannia’ in 1962 using photographs he had taken, and made a ‘Silver Wink’ trophy which has been presented to the winning team of the inter-University Tiddlywinks Championship since 1961. He re-designed the gardens at Balmoral over the years, and used a bulldozer to dig out a water-garden himself.
He has always been very interested the conservation of nature and the natural environment, and has been involved in many organisations connected with this work.
The Queen and Prince Philip are both great-great-grandchildren of Queen Victoria.
The Royal Mint released a coin set to mark the 90th birthday.
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