Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh during 2012 Trooping the Coloyr CREDIT NEWSPHOTO ALAMY cropped for cover
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Prince Philip: Celebrations Of His Life And Naval Career To Go On Show

The life of the Duke of Edinburgh will be celebrated in displays at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this summer.

Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh during 2012 Trooping the Coloyr CREDIT NEWSPHOTO ALAMY cropped for cover

Separate exhibitions in tribute to the late Prince Philip, who would have turned 100 this Thursday, have been announced celebrating his life and military service at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in April, aged 99.

At Holyroodhouse's display, it will include a section following Philip's early life and naval career including his Midshipman's logbook from between 1940 and 1941.

While Prince Philip held a number of honorary military titles during his lifetime, he also had a distinguished active service career and saw action during the Second World War.

Some people even wondered, had he continued his military career beyond 1951, whether he would have reached the position of First Sea Lord.

Graduating as the best cadet in his class from Dartmouth's Royal Naval College, Philip was appointed a midshipman in January 1940.

The young officer spent two months on the battleship HMS Ramillies, before being transferred for brief spells on HMS Kent and HMS Shropshire.

In his log, the future Duke of Edinburgh described his role operating the ship's searchlight during the Battle of Cape Matapan while stationed on HMS Valiant off the coast of Greece.

He was mentioned in dispatches for his efforts.

Watch: In a 1995 interview with BFBS, Prince Philip recalls his early years in the Royal Navy.

Also on display at Holyroodhouse will be wedding day mementos from his marriage to then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, including the wedding invitation, order of service and wedding breakfast menu.

The Duke took a keen interest in the design of the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was built in the Clydebank shipyard in Scotland and launched by the Queen in 1953.

On show will be two of the architect Sir Hugh Casson's original design sketches for the yacht's sun lounge and dining room.

At Windsor, 'Highlights of Prince Philip: A Celebration at Windsor Castle' will include the Coronation robe and coronet worn by the Duke during the Queen's Coronation in 1953 and his Chair of Estate which is usually located in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

Watch the full 1995 interview with Prince Philip by clicking here.

Philip was key to the planning of the Coronation and was instrumental in the decision to broadcast the service live on television.

Philip was the nation's longest-serving consort who died aged 99 on 9 April – and would have marked his 100th birthday this week.

'Prince Philip: A Celebration' will be on display at Windsor Castle from 24 June until 20 September 2021, and at Holyroodhouse from 23 July until 31 October 2021.

Cover image: Alamy.