On this week’s Royal Beat, True Royalty celebrates Prince Philip, a man who has put duty first in 72 years of marriage to Queen Elizabeth II.
The story of how Queen Elizabeth met Prince Philip begins when a young Elizabeth is just a 13-year-old Princess. She met her future husband while accompanying her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and younger sister Margaret, on a trip to Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in 1939. Philip, an 18-year-old cadet was given the task of entertaining the two sisters for the day. It’s famously known that he said, ‘Let’s go and jump the nets on the tennis courts.’ It was at this moment that a young Princess's fascination began.
Over 80 years later and the marriage of Philip and Elizabeth has become the backbone of the Royal Family. But do we really know the man behind the figurehead? The human being behind the dutiful rock. In this week’s Royal Beat, Kate Thornton hosts a special show, Prince Phillip: A Man of his Century, with Royal Editor of the Daily Mirror, Russel Myers, Royal Biographer, Ingrid Seward, and Vanity Fair’s Royal Correspondent, Katie Nicholl. The panel will explore how Philip’s early years and upbringing shaped his character, and what his role really entails, supporting the Queen through tumultuous headlines, difficult family moments and her day-to-day life as a figurehead for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
True Royalty TV Editor-in-Chief, Nick Bullen, is looking forward to exploring Philip in more detail, a man he believes has shown incredible character and dignity, carrying out his role as a senior member of The Royal Family: “Philip has quite simply been an absolute stalwart for the Queen and the Royal Family. I have huge admiration and respect for the man. He has been a constant sounding board of wisdom, advice and help for Her Majesty, and remained loyal and dutiful to the Crown, putting the best interests of the Monarchy at the heart of every decision. A man of immense character and standing, who has known how he can make a difference: by putting duty first.”
The Royal Beat - Prince Philip: A Man of his Century is live on True Royalty TV, including an extensive interview with Prince Philip’s biographer, Royal expert Ingrid Seward, who has just completed the first biography on the Prince for over 30 years.
In preparation for the show here’s our guide to our favourite documentaries that explore Prince Philip’s life.
Collection - Prince Philip: a lifetime of service.
Prince Philip at 90
Meet the dashing young Greek Prince who captured both heart and hand of the world's most eligible Princess. From his extraordinary beginnings living in exile to the marriage that has lasted over 70 years, this is a uniquely candid portrait of the man whose devotion to duty has been so central to The Queen's remarkable reign.
The People’s Wedding
It's London in the late autumn of 1947. The capital is black from the smoke of coal fires and the buildings still show the raw scars of wartime bombing. Clothes are still rationed and so is fuel. But something astonishing is happening in the heart of the city. Nearly a million people are lining the streets, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey and for one day the woes of the nation are forgotten as wedding bells ring out for the beautiful Princess, Elizabeth, and her handsome sailor Prince Philip. Churchill called it 'a flash of colour on the hard road we have to travel'. The 1947 Royal Wedding heralded the beginning of a new era of hope and optimism in austerity Britain. It was the people's wedding.
When Phillip met Prince Philip
In a one-hour special, British TV favourite Phillip Schofield spends a year celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Entertaining, informative and hugely inspirational, this is a unique celebration of the world's leading achievement award for young people as it enters a symbolic year. Phillip spends time with key members of the Royal Household, including the Duke of Edinburgh himself, along with the Earl and Countess of Wessex who are both Duke of Edinburgh ambassadors. Phillip traces the awards' rich history before investigating the incredible impact it has had on young lives the world over.