Lady Louise steps into the spotlight! Prince Edward’s daughter, 17, takes centre stage in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers as she leads The Firm in paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh
- Lady Louise Windsor, 17, steps into the spotlight as she discusses memories with her grandfather in new film
- Royals have offered personal tributes to Duke of Edinburgh in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers
- Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex’s daughter discusses love of carriage driving which she shared with Duke
- Confidently told the camera: ‘His eyes would lit up because he just gets so excited when he talks about it’
Lady Louise Windsor took centre stage in a television documentary tonight as the teenager lead The Firm in paying tribute to her grandfather Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which aired tonight at 9pm on BBC One, featured interviews from all of the Queen, 95, and Philip’s children – the Prince of Wales, 72, the Princess Royal, 71, the Duke of York, 61, and the Earl of Wessex, 57.
The Duke’s adult grandchildren, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, also provided their personal memories of the royal during the film.
It marked the first time Lady Louise, 17, had taken part in such a film, and a step into the spotlight for the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex.
During the film, she recalled her close bond with the Duke and their shared-love of carriage driving, as well as her decision to do the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. She confidently told the camera: ‘There was certainly an element of making my grandfather proud and honouring him by taking part in the award that has been so much of his life’s work. I definitely hope I have made him proud.’
Interviews were filmed before and after Prince Philip’s death in April, and were conducted separately, with Prince Harry’s tribute filmed in the US where he lives having stepped back from royal duty.
Lady Louise Windsor, 17, took centre stage in a television documentary tonight the teenager lead The Firm in paying tribute to her grandfather Duke of Edinburgh
It marked the first time Lady Louise had taken part in such a film, and a step into the spotlight for the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex (pictured with her parents in the documentary)
During the film, the royals discussed the Duke of Edinburgh’s love for carriage driving, with Sophie saying: ‘My daughter has also got involved in carriage driving. it wasn’t something that was fousted on her. She showed an interest.’
Lady Louise, is a keen equestrian and, like her late grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, has competed in carriage-driving competitions.
The duke was synonymous with carriage-driving and had been designing the vehicles since the 1970s.
Reports have said Lady Louise inherited the carriage after the duke’s death, although this has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
During the film, the royals discussed the Duke of Edinburgh’s love for carriage driving. Reports have said Lady Louise inherited the carriage after the duke’s death, although this has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace (pictured)
Speaking in a sit-down interview, Louise said: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh has been so involved in my driving which has been so lovely although slightly scary because he invented the sport pretty much. It’s incredible to have learned first hand from him.’
Meanwhile Louise added: ‘After a competition, he would always ask how it went. His eyes would light up because he just gets so excited when he talks about it.
‘When we would go carriage driving, he would take me on a different route every day, I do not know how he managed to do that, and tell me all sorts of anecdotes about anything and everything.
Zara Tindall and Prince Philip shared a special moment together at London 2012
Zara Tindall revealed she has particularly fond memories of the Duke while she was competing in the London 2012 Olympics.
She said: ‘I have a huge fond memory of him when he came to the Olympics in London.
‘He came down to the stables afterwards and even though it isn’t his specialist sport, the understanding of what it took to get an animal to perform for you…
‘Obviously he had a huge passion for horses. He played polo before I remember and then went to driving and he was involved with the evolving of the sport.’
Meanwhile her elder brother Peter joked it was ‘probably quite a proud moment for him too.’
Zara’s silver medal was presented by her mother, Princess Anne, who has also competed in equestrian events at the Olympics.
She followed in the success of her father, Captain Mark Phillips, who was a member of Britain’s last gold-winning team in the event – at the Munich Olympics of 1972.
‘He is honestly one of the most interesting people I have ever met.’
Louise also spoke about her grandfather’s Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and her decision to take part as a teenager, explaining: ‘I’d always wanted to do it because of the skills you develop as a result.’
She continued: ‘My favourite part was my expeditions. Just having that level of independence and self sufficiency and having that sense of achievement when it was finished.
The appearance from the young royal comes mere weeks ahead of Lady Louise’s 18th birthday, when she can decide whether to legally entitled to style herself Her Royal Highness Princess Louise, in the same way as her cousins are known as HRH Princess Beatrice and HRH Princess Eugenie.
Elsewhere in the documentary….
Royals declare ‘no-nonsense Philip’ was ‘the heart of the family’
Prince William commented: ‘A lot of people know a fair bit about my grandfather, he’s been around a long time.
‘He’s been a big part of my life more recently then in my early life. But there is many sides to my grandfather.’
And while Prince Edward recalled he was the ‘most self effacing man I think I know’, Anne said: ‘He treated everybody he met as an individual and he didn’t make assumptions about people.’
Princess Beatrice spoke about his ‘incredible sense of humour and a very quick wit’, with Prince Harry adding: ‘What you see is what you got with my grandfather and that’s what I love more than anything else, the authenticness of him, he was unapologetically him at all times. No matter where he was or who he was speaking to or what he was doing.’
Peter Philips recalled he was a man who had ‘a huge amount of common sense’ and ‘was very no nonsense.’
And after Prince Andrew described Eugenie and Beatrice having ‘the mot amazing relationship with their grandfather’, Eugenie added: ‘He has just been a constant throughout all of our lives. The ever present grandfather.’
William went on to call him ‘the heart of the family’, adding: ‘He’s always been a huge presence behind everything we’ve done really.’
Camilla continued: ‘He could be quite…well he didn’t suffer fools gladly as you know. He was that sort of caliber of man and the epitome of the stiff upper lip – go on and get on with it.’
William added: ‘He would always make everyone very clear where they stand. I think people find that refreshing that they know nothing else is going on. There’s no games played.
‘He’s very honest, he’s very upfront and he’s very matter of fact.’
Anne said her father was ‘fundamentally a problem solver’, adding: ‘A lot of that stemmed from his early experiences and the problems of his early life.’
Princess Beatrice spoke about her grandfather’s ‘incredible sense of humour and a very quick wit’, while her father Prince Andrew said the pair had an amazing bond
In the new tribute programme, Prince William praised his grandfather Prince Philip as ‘very honest, very upfront and very matter of fact’
Prince Philip ‘didn’t talk’ with his family about his difficult childhood in Greece
Camilla said: ‘I am curious about people. I had just asked him about his childhood and it was absolutely reverting.’
Prince Philip was born on June 10, 1921, on the kitchen table at his family home Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu.
He was the fifth child, and only boy, of parents Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg.
His ancestry was a mix of Greece, Denmark, Russia and Prussia on his father’s side, and his maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria of Hesse, was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, making him Elizabeth II’s third cousin.
The family were happily living in the royal household of Philip’s uncle King Constantine I.
Meanwhile Prince Edward recalled his father was the ‘most self effacing man I think I know’ while looking through old films of the Duke
Reflecting on his father’s childhood, Charles added: ‘My father was the youngest. Seventeen years younger than his oldest sister so his father was quite a lot older.
Prince Charles reveals speaking to the press after Prince Philip’s death ‘wasn’t easy’
Just one day after Prince Philip’s death, Charles paid tribute to his ‘dear Papa’ as he spoke to the public from his home of Clarence House for the first time.
In a recorded video message, the Prince of Wales said his father had given ‘the most remarkable, devoted service’ to ‘The Queen, to my family and to the country’, as well as the Commonwealth.
During the film, he recalled finding the moment difficult, saying: ‘It wasn’t easy because like all these things, how do you say something to try and encapsulate in a very short space of time.
‘You can’t go on for too long. And he wouldn’t have liked it much either, you know.’
And while Prince Harry said his grandfather had ‘good innings’, Zara called him ‘the worst patient in the world’, adding: ‘We all knew he was getting older and he hated it.’
Camilla said his death ‘felt like the end of an era’, saying: ‘They’re a very difficult generation yo live up to but I’m very proud and pleased I knew him.’
‘I never knew my grandfather because he died before I was born. My father said I would have loved him.’
Greece was gripped by political instability and just a year and a half later the family were forced to flee after the King was exiled from his own country following a military revolt.
In the political recriminations that followed, Philip’s father, a Lieutenant-General in the Greek army, was accused of high treason after allegedly disobeying an order and abandoning his post with his cavalry regiment in the face of attack during the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922.
The family managed to escape on British naval vessel HMS Calypso, with the newborn prince carried to safety in a cot famously crafted from an unused fruit box.
They were taken to France where they settled in a leafy suburb in Paris in a house loaned to them by his wealthy aunt, Princess George of Greece and Denmark.
From then on, the Duke’s childhood was incredibly unsettled as he was without a permanent home.
Years later, when an interviewer for The Independent asked him what language he spoke at home, he answered: ‘What do you mean, ‘at home’?’
He told a separate biographer in 2001: ‘It’s simply what happened. The family broke up. My mother was ill, my sisters were married, my father was in the south of France. I just had to get on with it. You do. One does.’
At the age of eight, Philip was sent to Cheam school in Surrey for three years – but moved to Germany where all four of his sisters had married.
Zara explained: ‘I only recently spoke to him about the early days and I said to him, did he remember Greece. [He said] he was so small, he doesn’t really remember it.
‘The most obvious thing about his story was how much he was moving around and felt like no where was quite home.’
Calling her father-in-law ‘a great survivor’, Camilla continued: ‘Having your mother who he didn’t actually know whether she was alive or dead for five years. Being past from pillar to post from different people and relations. It must have been very hard.
‘He must have been a very strong character to have come out of it unscathed.’
Meanwhile Charles continued: ‘My father didn’t talk about it a lot. It couldn’t have been easy. I mean, his sisters did tell me a little bit but it must have been very difficult.
‘He had to become very self reliant and it must have shaped his outlook on life.’
Prince Philip’s cousin Prince Bernhard of Baden also featured in the documentary, explaining: ‘My grandmother was the sister of the Duke, which makes him my great uncle.
In one scene in the film, Prince Philip’s cousin Prince Bernhard of Baden discussed the Duke’s early life in Germany with his sister (pictured)
‘Prince Philip was in exile, he had no home and was penniless. My great grandfather Prince Max founded the Schule Schloss in Salem. Philip’s sister had to take care of his education and that’s how he came to Salem because there were no school fees for him to pay and a fantastic headmaster called Kurt Hahn.’
Prince Bernhard continued: ‘Hahn wanted to educate a new generation of Germans with knowledge and skills which were terribly important in strong contrast to the Nazi movement. In this environment, Prince Philip got his education.’
His stint in Germany proved brief when he moved back to Britain and was sent to Gordonstoun, a boarding school in Scotland.
Bernhard said: ‘When Hitler came to power, it put enormous pressure on the school and on my family. Hahn got arrested and later banished to Scotland.
‘There he founded Gordonstoun. Prince Philip was very quickly removed from Salom to Scotland. That was the best for him because times got very difficult.’
Royals hail Gordonstoun for helping them ‘develop life skills’ – but Prince Charles stays silent
Gordonstoun near Elgin, Scotland, was started by Dr Hahn, who had a profound influence on the Prince.
The Duke thrived at Gordonstoun, captaining the hockey and cricket teams and becoming guardian (head boy) in his last term. It was there he learned to ‘mess about in boats’, laying the solid foundation of a future naval career.
A host of other royals, including Prince Charles, Peter Philips and Zara Tindall, went on to attend the school.
Princess Anne’s son Peter Philips revealed how the Duke remained enthusiastic about the Scottish school Gordonstoun throughout his life.
Peter said: ‘We went to Gordonston so he was always very engaged with how we were enjoying school and he spoke a lot and very founded about Kurt Hahn and the ethos that he instilled in him and in the school itself.’
Princess Anne’s children Peter and Zara revealed how the Duke remained enthusiastic about the Scottish school Gordonstoun throughout his life
Zara added: ‘I think we developed life skills from the variety of what we were able to do – not just learning inside but outside, things that challenged you as well.’
Peter continued: ‘I know he certainly would have taken up any opportunities that school would have thrown to him.’
Meanwhile Lady Louise, Sophie and Prince Edward looked through childhood photographs of the royal at the school, including snaps of the Duke wearing a kilt and dressed up for a school play.
Lady Louise asked her father: ‘Did you wear a kilt? I do see the resemblance, he is the good looking one at the back.’
Prince Edward said: ‘He got involved with a bit of sailing. This was one of those productions he was involved in.’
Lady Louise continued: ‘There’s quite a lot of activities going on.’
Meanwhile Prince Edward continued; ‘And that was Gordonstoun – unless you got involved with different things, you never know where your passion really lies.
‘The idea of being able to go off and do all sorts of adventures while you’re at school and be able to build up those experiences – that would appeal to him.
‘If you look at all the other activities he has got involved in, he was always taking up new things.’
Meanwhile Prince Charles, who once reportedly described Gordonstoun as ‘Colditz in kilts’, was not featured in the section about the school.
‘Prince Philip and the Queen are the most remarkable couple the world will ever see’
Princess Eugenie praised The Queen and Prince Philip for ‘creating a very safe and loving family environment’ for members of The Firm
Meanwhile Prince William praised his grandfather for ‘giving up a very successful military career to be the Queen’s consort’
Looking back on photographs of the Queen and Prince Philip in their early years of marriage, Zara said it ‘made her hair stand on end.’
She continued: ‘When all the old pictures come up and it’s so nice to see how they were with each other before family and everything else came along.’
Prince Philip was told to ‘jog on’ by teens taking part in his Duke of Edinburgh scheme
In one humorous moment in the documentary, Prince William recalled: ‘We were travelling together as a family driving out in Scotland. And we came across what very obviously was some Duke of Edinburgh people, with rucksacks on, and he spotted them and stopped and wound down his window.
‘He said, “Good morning how are you getting on?”
‘To which the smallest young chap at the back effectively said, “Jog on grandpa!”
‘To which my grandfather wound the window back up, drove off smiling and said to everyone in the car, “!The youths of today”.
‘For the purposes of this film, I thought jog on was a more appropriate way of saying it.
‘My grandfather has a very good sense of humour.’
The Queen is said to have loved the island of Malta because it was a home not a palace, a place where she and Prince Philip were able to live a relatively normal life.
The royal couple left Malta for the birth of their second child, Princess Anne, in August 1950, but they were back by Christmas.
After Philip took command of the frigate Magpie, the couple spent three blissful months at Guardamangia until February 1951.
Tim explained: ‘Prince Philip and the Queen have talked about that period to me as a happy time. The war was over, there was a feeling of renewal and of course there weren’t the heavy responsibilities that came when she became queen.’
Eugenie added: ‘Looking at their wedding photo, it’s amazing to see their partnership and what a good looking couple. It’s unbelievable looking at this and now looking at how much they’ve created from this.
‘They’re one of the most remarkable couples the world has ever and will ever see. Granny has been able to be the person she is with the support and love from Grandpa.’
Meanwhile Prince William praised his grandfather for ‘giving up a very successful military career to be the Queen’s consort’, saying: ‘It was very much a man’s world back then, so for a man to give up a career to spport a woman, albeit the queen, was a big step.’
Zara added: ‘It must have been the most daunting thing you could ever think of doing in your whole life.’
The royals went on to praise the Duke for shaping the role of consort, with Tim explaining: ‘When he married Elizabeth, he wonered what the template was for the husband of the Queen. Of course there wasn’t one.
‘He had to plough his own furrow and make his own way. He made the same point to me. it’s no good trying to copy someone else in the royal family, you have to do it yourself.’
Camilla continued: ‘I saw the way he supported the queen, not in a flashy way but just by doing it quietly. it’s something I’ve learned by.’
Charles said: ‘My mother did find him a great support, she valued his judgement on some things.’
Zara added: ‘The amazing thing he’s been able to do is be an incredible support to my grandmother but also to stay true to himself the whole way through.
‘That’s what my grandmother needed. that’s why they worked so well together and fell in love I think.’
Meanwhile Eugenie said: ‘[The Queen and Prince Philip] have created a very safe and loving family environment. We have all been so happy to have that.’
Meanwhile Prince William and Harry recalled how both the Queen and Prince Philip ‘love when things go wrong’ because they live a life where ‘everything has to be right’
Prince Philip enjoyed ‘arranging silly games’, pranking others – and LOVED when things went wrong on royal tours
In the programme, William revealed how the Duke of Edinburgh would get his grandchildren to hold a tube of mustard in their hands and then take the lid off when they were BBQ-ing at Balmoral.
William laughingly recalled: ‘He would squish your hands together to fire the mustard up into the ceiling.
‘He used to get into a lot of trouble with my grandmother for covering most of the places where we had lunch with mustard on the ceiling.’
His cousin, Peter Phillips, added that the marks are still there.
Charles said: ‘He was always arranging silly games, the fun of having young parents was there was lots of chasing around and mad things.’
Meanwhile Prince William and Harry recalled how both the Queen and Prince Philip ‘love when things go wrong’.
The Duke of Cambridge said: ‘He enjoys playing practical jokes and foolery. He loved when things go wrong.
Prince Charles recalled the Duke ‘arranging silly games’, adding: ‘The fun of having young parents was there was lots of chasing around and mad things’
‘My grandparents love when things go wrong. You can imagine, they have lived a life where everything has to go right the whole time, so when things go wrong, theory both chuckle. Everyone else is mortified embarrassed. They love it.’
Norfolk has become a special place for William and Kate because of Duke
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent much of the last 18 months at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall.
During the film, Prince William revealed why it was such a special place to his family, explaining: ‘It’s really mattered to me that I’ve learned from and been able to witness his impact on Sandringham.
‘And for me, coming here and now living here, everything he has done has led up to Catherine and I feeling this is a part of the country we want to be in.
‘We love this area, it feels like home, and that’s because of what he has created.’
Harry said: ‘I think there is an imbalance of there is everyone doing everything like, “The Duke of Edinburgh is coming, let’s make sure we get everything absolutely right. Remember every single year we’ve got it right, let’s do that.”
‘But the two of them are going, “I wonder if something is going to go wrong this year. How exciting.”
‘What I remember now is the expressions on his face to the things that went wrong. He would just sit there completely calmly and just watch us run by.’
Princess Beatrice added: ‘I think he has a very good observational humour but you’ve really got to be quick, you’ve really got to be paying attention.
‘I think he uses humour to make people feel at ease. He is always there to break the ice as well.
Meanwhile William commented: ‘He’s brilliant at finding amusing moments and teasing people. if you try to be too clever with him and say something a bit silly, he will jump on it.’
Duke of Edinburgh was a huge fan of the Hairy Bikers
The Royal Family also remembered the Duke’s love of cooking during the film.
‘Cooking is something that I love talking to him about,’ revealed the Countess of Wessex, in an interview recorded before the Duke’s death
‘And he loves watching cookery programmes. Hairy Bikers I think is one of his favourites.’
‘He adored barbecuing and he turned that into an interesting art form,’ said Prince Charles. ‘And if I ever tried to do it, he… I could never get the fire to light or something ghastly so [he’d say] ‘Go away.’ ‘
‘Every barbecue I’ve ever been on, the Duke of Edinburgh has been there cooking,’ added William. ‘We go on barbecues and there’s no chef, there’s not anyone else… He’d be the first person to say when he started off he hadn’t got a clue what he was doing.
‘But such is the way he is, he tackles a new challenge and learns as he does it. And he has mastered it.
‘He’s definitely a dab hand at a BBQ. I can safely say there’s never been a case of food poisoning in the family attributed to the Duke of Edinburgh.’
Tim added: ‘It’s mainly experimental. I don’t think there are many recipes involved, but he’s a brilliant BBQ cook.’
‘Make sure you come back alive’: What Prince Philip said to Harry when he left for Afghanistan
The Duke of Sussex has spoken for the first time about how the Duke of Edinburgh gave him the space to talk about serving in Afghanistan.
Harry was twice deployed to Helmand province during the UK’s military operations, and in a BBC tribute programme to Philip he describes how his grandfather would ‘never probe’ but listen.
During Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, Harry said: ‘Going off to Afghanistan he was very matter of fact and just said, ‘Make sure you come back alive’… then when I came back, there wasn’t a deep level of discussion, more a case of, ‘Well you made it. How was it?’ That’s how he was.
‘He was very much a listener, he sort of set the scene for you to be able to share as much as you wanted to share but he would never probe.’
Prince Harry, taking part in his first ‘family project’ since acrimoniously quitting royal duties and moving to the US, is seen looking through flight logs from his grandfather – a qualified pilot – from a 1983 trip to Africa
Harry impersonates his grandmother the Queen as he tries to bury the hatchet by joining his family in documentary
Prince Harry, taking part in his first ‘family project’ since acrimoniously quitting royal duties and moving to the US, is seen looking through flight logs from his grandfather – a qualified pilot – from a 1983 trip to Africa.
The duke said: ‘He was doing all the flying himself, or certainly chunks of it. When you’re flying, you don’t get an easy pass just for being the Duke of Edinburgh. You very much have to put in the work and prove your skill.
‘But also he had an amazing privilege to get behind the controls and fly aircraft all around the world.
‘I can just imagine my grandmother sitting in the back of a plane having a cup of tea, going through turbulence and going “Oh Philip! What are you doing?”‘
Elsewhere he said poignantly: ‘More than anything I miss his sense of humour. But I miss him more for my grandmother because I know how incredibly strong she was with him there. I also know she will be ok without him. ‘
He added: ‘The two of them together were just the most adorable couple. To me knowing the cheekiness of him and knowing that behind what the world sees you have two individuals who were very much in love and both, from a very young age, have dedicated their life to service… that is an incredible bond between two people.’
Princess Eugenie revealed sentimental Prince Philip painted her a ‘bunch of flowers’ as a wedding present
Princess Eugenie reveals how her grandfather Prince Philip painted her a picture as her wedding present in a touching personal moment from the Duke of Edinburgh’s BBC tribute
Speaking in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which airs tonight on BBC1, Eugenie, 31, tells how her grandfather, who was an accomplished artist, presented her with the painting on her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018. Pictured, Eugenie and Philip on her wedding day
Princess Eugenie revealed how her grandfather Prince Philip painted her a picture as her wedding present in a touching personal moment from the Duke of Edinburgh’s BBC tribute.
Speaking in Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which airs tonight on BBC1, Eugenie, 31, tells how her grandfather, who was an accomplished artist, presented her with the painting on her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
She said: ‘He painted me a bunch of flowers and gave it to me for my wedding and it was so nice, it’s now sitting in my house and I’m so proud of it.’
Prince Philip’s love of art is discussed in detail in the programme, which was originally commissioned to mark what would have been his 100th birthday this year.
Eugenie continued: ‘I love art but I only worked out that grandpa and I had that in common when I was about 16.
‘I would be sitting there painting and he would come and look at things.
‘We’d be walking down the corridors and I’d see the paintings he’s done of Scotland or Norfolk. They’re beautiful.’
Camilla added: ‘Some of his paintings, I thought, were really good. He learned so much from painting.’
Revealed: Prince Charles’ last words to Prince Philip on the eve of his death
The Prince of Wales also revealed how he spoke to his father the day before he died about planning his 100th birthday – and got a vintage Prince Philip response
The Prince of Wales revealed how he spoke to his father the day before he died about planning his 100th birthday – and got a vintage Prince Philip response.
In a poignant interview, Charles said he called the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor on April 8 and broached the delicate subject of a party to mark his centenary in June.
‘We’re talking about your birthday,’ Charles said, slightly tremulously, knowing Philip wasn’t keen on the idea.
Aware his father was also slightly hard of hearing, he repeated himself a little more loudly: ‘We’re talking about your birthday! And whether there’s going to be reception!’
The response was typically pithy. ‘Well, I’ve got to be alive for it, haven’t I?’ Philip challenged.
‘I knew you’d say that!’ Charles shot back in what was possibly their last conversation together.
Prince Philip’s study, exactly as he left it: Duke’s neat and tidy private Buckingham Palace office filled with a wedding gift from George VI, a statuette of the Queen and carriage driving mementoes is glimpsed in BBC tribute
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April at the age of 99, conducted his affairs from a private office that connects to the office of his private secretary.
During the film, Alexandrsa McCreery, archivist offered viewers a tour of the study and office, saying: ‘I started working for the Duke of Edinburgh in 1958 in the role as a fifth girl was the filing. Everything the other four girls did would end up on my desk.
‘He could be quite tough. If he asked you a question and you didn’t know the answer, you had to say “I don’t know” rather than try to bluff. Never bluff.
‘He was a very fair boss and there was a tremendous love to him and the office, for the private secretaries. They looked after us and we worked jolly hard for them. It was a good ship toy be in. But there was a huge amount to learn.’
She said she missed it ‘enormously’, saying: ‘ I don’t think people understood what he has given. He has been involved in so many areas of public life.’
Meanwhile Peter Phillips: ‘I just have memories of him getting a new lapotp or computer and hearing him shoutng at it from the breakfast room as he couldn’t get it going.
‘he couldn’t get it to print o wahtever. he loved technology but it was always quite entertaining to see him try to figure it all out.’
Zara: ‘We’d always try to find him new gadgets for presents.’
Peter: ‘Why is it doin gthis? “Well that’s what it’s supposed to be doing because it helps you do this”. Well that’s just bloody stupid!’
The glimpse inside his study revealed portraits of Her Majesty’s parents George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother which were gifted to the couple on their wedding day in November 1947 as well as a clock from the Royal Collection.
Prince Philip also adorned his study with tributes to his love of riding and horses, featuring an equestrian statue on the windowsill and sculptures of himself and the monarch playing Polo and riding at Trooping the Colour, respectively.
Meanwhile in his private secretary’s office, the Duke homed gifts from his travels around the world and a portrait of Philip during his favourite pass time, a carriage driving marathon, hangs on the wall.
An upcoming documentary on the life of Prince Philip has given a rare glimpse inside Buckingham Palace to capture the Duke’s understated private study exactly as it was during his seven decades of public service. Pictured: 1) Equestrian sculpture; 2) Collection of figurines’ 3) Clock from Royal Collection; 4) Television screen; 5) Photographs of George VI and Queen Elizabeth; 6) Statue of The Queen on a horse at Trooping the Colour
1) Equestrian sculpture
Many-a-time throughout his life would Prince Philip be pictured haring through the grounds of Windsor on his beloved driving carriage, so it’s no surprise that perched on his windowsill is an equestrian themed sculpture
Many-a-time throughout his life would Prince Philip be pictured haring through the grounds of Windsor on his beloved driving carriage, so it’s no surprise that perched on his windowsill is an equestrian themed sculpture.
Carriage driving would provide the Duke of Edinburgh with both a hobby to enjoy with family and friends and a sport to focus his competitive spirit.
The Duke spent 22 years as a respected president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the world governing body for everything from dressage to showjumping.
He took up carriage-driving in his fifties in 1971, switching from polo due to an arthritic wrist. Philip would regularly compete – even helping Britain to a world championship win in the grounds of Windsor in the 1980s.
The Duke was credited with shaping the sport in the UK and was still competing in his eighties, representing Britain in three European championships and six world championships in total.
Prince Philip had spoken of his love of haring through the countryside at high speed, whip in hand, in his horse-drawn carriages. In a book he wrote about the sport, he said: ‘I am getting old, my reactions are getting slower, and my memory is unreliable, but I have never lost the sheer pleasure of driving a team through the British countryside.
2) Collection of figurines
In typical humorous fashion, the Duke owned large figurines of politicians and other high-profile figures, some of whom appear to be members of the Royal Family, with large oversized heads
In typical humorous fashion, the Duke owned large figurines of politicians and other high-profile figures, some of whom appear to be members of the Royal Family, with large oversized heads.
The duke was known for his cheeky sense of humous, and in his 70 years of public duty always brought a sense of fun, making members of the public, foreign dignitaries and his own family laugh and smile during outings.
Even as his health worsened, His Royal Highness never lost his sense of humour and was often pictured pulling very expressive faces and laughing and joking with his wife, children and grandchildren.
3) 19th century French clock
On the duke’s desk sits a Fabergé clock from the Royal Collection made by Johann Victor Aarne, one of the famous Finnish jewellers of the 19th century, between 1896 – 1908
On the Duke’s desk sits a Fabergé clock from the Royal Collection made by Johann Victor Aarne, one of the famous Finnish jewellers of the 19th century, between 1896 – 1908.
The clock is made from enamel and silver with applied silver decoration in the form of a bow from which the dial is suspended. The 12 hours are represented in Arabic numerals. As on the majority of Fabergé’s clocks, the dial is plain white with clear numerals.
In addition to his patronage of British artists, Prince Philip took an active interest in the conservation and display of the Royal Collection.
He was the initiator of the original Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, opened in 1962, and was consulted on the design of the current Queen’s Gallery, opened 2002. He chaired the Restoration Committee following the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle.
4) Television screen
Also present in the Duke’s study is a small television screen. It was said that Philip was the initial driving force in pushing the monarchy into the modern age by embracing television and modern media
Also present in the Duke’s study is a small television screen. It was said that Philip was the initial driving force in pushing the monarchy into the modern age by embracing television and modern media.
Speaking to the BBC, royal biographer Gyles Brandreth said that Philip was ahead of his time and understood the challenges regarding conservation, technology or public perception.
Sarah Gristwood, a historian and the author of ‘Elizabeth: The Queen and the Crown’, told NBC: ‘The queen inherited from her father a model of monarchy that was very hands off, old-fashioned and slightly invisible.
‘It wasn’t equipped to deal with a new media age, and Prince Philip played a huge role in moving it forward then.’
5) Photographs of George VI and Queen Elizabeth
Also from the Royal Collection is a Faberge double frame Frame holding photographs of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, which was presented to The Duke by the Queen’s parents as a wedding gift when they tie the knot in 1947
Also from the Royal Collection is a Faberge double frame Frame holding photographs of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, which was presented to The Duke by the Queen’s parents as a wedding gift when they tie the knot in 1947.
The frame contains portraits of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1946, in advance of the tour of southern Africa undertaken by the King and Queen with their daughters in 1947
Despite the thoughtful gift, it has been reported that Philip and the Queen Mother ‘never really got on’ and the Duke apparently clashed with his mother-in-law over his decision to install telephones in Buckingham Palace.
According to Channel 5’s The Queen Mum: The Reluctant Queen the Queen Mother, real name Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, disliked Philip’s ‘progressive’ attitude towards technology.
6) Statue of The Queen on a horse at Trooping the Colour
In the corner of his study the Duke featured a pair of bronze equestrian sculptures, one of The Queen in the saddle at Trooping the Colour and another of the Duke playing polo. The statues were designed by Doris Lexley Margaret Lindner, a British sculptor who shot to fame in the 1960s and specialised in creating figures of animals and birds
In the corner of his study the Duke featured a pair of bronze equestrian sculptures, one of The Queen in the saddle at Trooping the Colour and another of the Duke playing polo.
The statues were designed by Doris Lexley Margaret Lindner, a British sculptor who shot to fame in the 1960s and specialised in creating figures of animals and birds.
Polo and Prince Philip were intertwined for more than 60 years, after his uncle Earl Mountbatten of Burma introduced him to the sport in the 1940s.
Despite retiring from polo at the age of 50, it remained a key interest and he continued to take an active role in the work and development of his own Club – Guards Polo Club till his death.
THE DUKE’S PINE ROOM
Elsewhere, Anna discusses the Duke’s extensive collection of books, adding: ‘I think he read a lot so he could converse with other people. He liked to engage and he liked to challenge.
‘The books are on the shelves in their categories.’
The documentary also gives a glimpse into the private secretary’s office, known as the Pine Room, which features a printed beside Prince Philip’s desk. Pictured: 1) Printer; 2) Beech bookcase; 3) Gifts from around the world; 4 Houseplant; 5) Painting of Duke during a carriage driving marathon; 6) Model of the Duke’s racing yacht
The documentary also gives a glimpse into the Duke’s private secretary’s office, known as the Pine Room, which features a printed beside the desk.
While the Duke may have been an advocate of introducing new technologies into Buckingham Palace, he often grew frustrated while trying to get to grips with new gadgets.
In the BBC documentary, Peter Phillips – the elder child of the Princess Royal – recalled that he would often hear Philip shouting at a new printer often denouncing the gadget as a ‘bloody stupid’ machine so loudly it could be heard from the breakfast room.
‘I have memories of him getting a new laptop or a new printer – and hearing him shouting at it, he said. ‘He loved technology… but it was always quite entertaining to see him trying to figure them out!’
2) Beech bookcase
A huge beech bookcase bursting with various works of literature sits in Philip’s office behind his wooden kneehole desk, scattered with busy in-trays.The bookcase was first recorded in the Royal Collection in the possession of George V
A huge beech bookcase bursting with various works of literature sits in the office behind a wooden kneehole desk, scattered with busy in-trays. The bookcase was first recorded in the Royal Collection in the possession of George V.
The Duke had a love of literature and upon his death the Duchess of Cornwall shared a tribute with ‘great fellow reader’ Prince Philip as she launched the second season of her online book club.
She shared the titles alongside a special message in which she mentioned her Patronage of Booktrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, which she inherited from the Duke.
The duchess wrote: ‘As Patron of Booktrust, which I inherited from my late father-in-law His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, I would like to dedicate the next series of my Reading Room to him, in memory of a great fellow reader….. C.’
3) Gifts from around the world
On the top of his bookshelf the Duke placed various gifts and mementos from engagements across the globe. Philip, who completed a total of 22,219 solo engagements and thousands more at the side of his wife, became the Queen’s consort when she acceded to the throne in 1952 and completed his last public event in August 2017
Philip, who completed a total of 22,219 solo engagements and thousands more at the side of his wife, became the Queen’s consort when she acceded to the throne in 1952 and completed his last public event in August 2017.
On the top of the bookshelf were various gifts and mementos from engagements across the globe, including 229 visits to 67 Commonwealth countries on solo visits without The Queen over a 67-year period between 1949 and 2016.
Among Philip’s various travel destinations was Vanuatu, a remote South Pacific village that worshipped Prince the Duke as the reincarnation of an ancient warrior.
People from the Yakel village on the Vanuatu island of Tanna have for decades venerated Philip. The Prince Philip Movement is believed to have started in the late 1970s following a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh to Vanuatu in 1974.
In front of the Duke’s desk sits a large houseplant. The Royal Family have long had links with conservation and Prince Philip has previously said he learned the principles of of conservation from farming
In front of the secretary’s desk sits a large houseplant. The Royal Family have long had links with conservation and Prince Philip has previously said he learned the principles of of conservation from farming.
In 2020 Prince William took over as Patron for the British Trust for Ornithology, which aims to empower communities to protect local bird species and their natural habitats.
They aim to ensure wildlife is preserved for generations to come, whilst also working to promote the benefits of the natural world on our health and wellbeing. The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the BTO for over thirty years, and is a lifelong ornithology enthusiast.
His interest was first sparked in 1956 while travelling in the Royal Yacht Britannia between New Zealand and Antarctica, where the Duke began to identify and photograph the seabirds native to the region.
5) Painting of Duke during a carriage driving marathon
On the wall of his private office hangs a painting by Alexander Talbot Rice depicting the Duke in a carriage riding in a marathon
On the wall of the private office hangs a painting by Alexander Talbot Rice depicting the Duke in a carriage riding in a marathon.
The end of the Duke driving four-in-hand teams came towards the end of the 1980s, but the royal continued to drive competitively with teams of ponies and took part non-competitively in his 90s.
Prince Philip loved nothing more than to go haring through the countryside at high speed, whip in hand, in a horse-drawn wheeled carriage.
‘I am getting old, my reactions are getting slower, and my memory is unreliable, but I have never lost the sheer pleasure of driving a team through the British countryside,’ he explained in the book he wrote about the sport.
6) Model of the Duke’s racing yacht
Alongside his gifts from all over the world sits a model of the Dragon-Class racing yacht, Bluebottle, which was a wedding present from the Island Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight
Alongside his gifts from all over the world sits a model of the Dragon-Class racing yacht, Bluebottle, which was a wedding present from the Island Sailing Club on the Isle of Wight.
Prince Phillip had a long association with the Island Sailing Club and wrote the foreword for The Island Sailing Club history 1889 to 2014. A keen yachtsman, the Duke competed regularly in Cowes Regatta and became a friend of boat designer Uffa Fox, racing in Cowes Week in 1957 in the Dragon Bluebottle.
The club hosted The Queen and Prince Phillip at the Island Sailing Club, on their Diamond Jubilee in 2012 during a visit to Cowes.
In, 1948, Her Majesty and the Duke were listed as new members of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and given Honorary Membership.
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