Prince Philip's lifetime of laughter and lasting love in pictures

A VERY dashing Duke! Stunning pictures chronicle Prince Philip’s lifetime of laughter and lasting love

Prince Philip has been a loyal and unwavering companion to his beloved wife the Queen for more than 73 years.

The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday died peacefully in his private apartment at Windsor Castle – two months and a day before what would have been his 100th birthday.

As tributes poured in from around the world, here we remember the man who devoted a lifetime to supporting his Queen and country…

Stately: Philip in an extraordinary painting by Ralph Heimans at Windsor, unveiled in 2017, the year he retired from public engagements

Making a big entrance: The bright-eyed newborn Prince Philip of Greece in his doting mother Princess Alice’s arms in 1921 

The Duke of Edinburgh – then Prince Phillip of Greece – as a toddler in June 1922

Prince Philip (send from the left) aged eight or nine playing Robin Hood with school friends

Prince Philip as a young boy dressed in traditional Greek costume in September 1930 (left) and dressed up at his sister Princess Margarita’s wedding in 1931 (right)

Prince Philip is seen doing the high jump at school during an athletic championship

Having met in 1939, the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were finally engaged in July 1947 and married just four months later on November 20 — but not before Philip enjoyed a lively stag night with Navy colleagues (pictured), including his uncle, Earl Mountbatten (holding the cigar)

Prince Philip was one of the three wise kings in his school nativity play in 1938. He is seen laying a crown before the cradle

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, on honeymoon, photographed in the grounds of Broadlands looking at their wedding photographs, on November 23, 1947

Princess Elizabeth, Britain’s future queen, and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten are seen at Buckingham Palace following their engagement in November 1947

Britain’s Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen – and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, pose on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace in London

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wave to crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding in 1947

Queen Elizabeth II – then Princess Elizabeth – and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day. She became queen on her father King George VI’s death in 1952

The way we were (right): The poised Princess Elizabeth and her dashing husband Philip photographed in 1951 — just months before her father died and she became our Queen. Companions of honour (left): The Queen and her Duke, photographed at Buckingham Palace in 2001

The saddest procession: The Duke, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles walk behind the carriage carrying Princess Diana’s coffin on September 6, 1997

Two regal winners: Philip and Diana enjoyed a close relationship — including at The Derby in 1986

A sea of flowers: The Queen and her husband inspect some of the thousands of floral tributes left in memory of Diana outside Buckingham Palace and other royal homes

Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral in September 1952

The infant Prince Charles is pictured in the lap of his mother, the then Princess Elizabeth, with his father Prince Philip in 1948

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in June 1953 on her coronation. It was taken by photographer Cecil Beaton

Whoops: A shared rare moment of levity at the Coronation after the Queen almost forgot her orb 

Our new Queen: Her Majesty, Prince Philip, the Queen Mother and a young Prince Charles watch the Coronation flypast at Buckingham Palace, while little Princess Anne is not impressed 

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne at Balmoral in August 1972

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne preparing a barbecue on the Estate at Balmoral Castle in August 1972

Together in tartan: Relaxed and happy walking the corgis at Balmoral in 1994, displaying their deep love of Scotland

The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy the spectacle, as a swarm of bees cause concern prior to The Queens Company Review at Windsor Castle in April 2003

The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne preparing a barbecue on the Estate at Balmoral Castle in August 1972

Prince Philip and Prince Charles share a joke at a Guards Polo Club tea party in 1999

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth are seen with Tony Blair and his wife Cherie at the Royal Highland Games, Scotland, in 2003

Prince Philip and the Queen celebrating their Silver Wedding anniversary at Balmoral in 1972

My sporting hero: The horse-mad Queen supporting her husband at a polo match in 1955 

The Queen and Prince Philip in the car with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. They took a short drive from Balmoral Castle to Crathie Kirk 

Whoa there! Philip became accomplished at carriage driving after giving up polo and competed regularly at Royal Windsor Horse Show until only a few years ago 

Beach body ready: The Duke, then aged 30, leaps athletically off his water-skis as he reaches the shore at Marmaris, in Turkey, during a break from serving on HMS Magpie in 1951 

Bring me sunshine: Still smiling on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary

Down the hatch: The Duke watches in admiration as the Queen takes a hearty sip of champagne as they see in the new millennium on December 31, 1999

Devotion to duty: At Windsor Castle before a diplomatic reception

This is your captain speaking: Philip, a qualified pilot, takes control of a new British European Airways (later part of BA) Trident jet airliner during a training flight at Stansted in 1964

Bravery in the saddle: With a bandage covering stitches in his arm, the Prince ignores the pain to play polo at Cowdray Park in 1963

Great shot, sir: He demonstrates a stylish technique during a 1958 match in the grounds of Highclere Castle, Hampshire — where Downton Abbey was filmed

On your bike: A mini motorcycle is just the thing to check the obstacles on the course before competing in the carriage driving at Windsor in 2005

Hold that position: A talented artist, the Prince found a very sought after subject to paint in 1969 — Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, his loving wife

I’m honoured, Ma’am: Philip always treated the Queen Mother with the utmost respect, including at Sandringham in 1999 (pictured)

The Queen Mother (pictured with Philip) hated his love of new technology and was dismayed when he had telephones installed in Buckingham Palace and banished footmen who used to carry family messages

A pukka chukka: Philip with Charles and grandsons Harry and William (both in their Eton uniforms) watch the action at Guards Polo Club, Windsor, in 1999

Grandfatherly concern: Visiting Zara Phillips at school in 1991. He is seen looking lovingly at his granddaughter

Prince Philip gives a worried-looking Eugenie a tender pat on the head at church on Christmas Day in 1998

I don’t like it, Great-Grandpa! Philip and Kate with Charlotte and a non-plussed George at Trooping The Colour in 2017

Prince Philip stepping out with young Peter and Zara Phillips at Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1984

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip take part in some line dancing in Canada

Philip is happy to join in with the age-old Maori traditions on a visit to the island of Mokoia in 1995 — donning the feather cloak

Prince Philip rubs noses in a traditional Maori greeting with the Maoris of Mokoia during the Royal tour of New Zealand in 1995

Flashing blades: Tribesmen brandishing swords greet the Queen and Philip in 1956

The Duke received a topless welcome in Papua New Guinea as he gallantly looks straight ahead in 1977

Let there be light: The royal couple watch a show at Tjapukai Culture Park, Queensland, in 2002, where aboriginal performers create fire with wooden tools

Flowers in their hair: The royal couple sport traditional headdresses in Tuvalu — even if the floral arrangements don’t quite go with Philip’s grey socks and brown sandals

Worship: The Kastom people of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific, believe he was divine and sent him a ceremonial club in 1974. He sent back this signed photo of him with it

Our finest hour: Prime Minister Winston Churchill meets President Tito of Yugoslavia at Westminster Pier in London in 1953 , watched by Philip 

Howdy partners: The royal couple with Ronald and Nancy Reagan on their ranch in 1983 

Resplendent: Ghana President John Kufuor and wife Theresa with their royal hosts in 2007

Philip laughing with Princess Elizabeth on a visit to Clydebank Town Hall in 1947

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One’s unpleasant duty: As head of a Commonwealth nation, Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe had to be entertained in 1994

Brave new world: The Queen and Prince Philip meet America’s charismatic new young President John F. Kennedy and his glamorous wife Jackie in 1961

Yes we can! America’s first black President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle on a visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009 

Raw courage: The bearded Prince (right) serving on HMS Valiant in the war — the ship came under heavy fire in the Battle of Cape Matapan in 1941. He is seen (left) in his Lieutenant’s uniform in 1946, and in a rather more relaxed outfit (centre) a few years later

As commander of HMS Magpie, he found time to relax with his crew in the Mediterranean in 1951, leading the rowing in the whaler 

The Duke is seen contemplating in the sunshine in what was his last tour of duty with the senior service

Prince Philip (far right) is seen enjoying the beach during the Mediterranean Fleet’s Summer Cruise

Daredevil Duke: Private Royal Family footage aired in the 2016 BBC documentary Elizabeth At 90 showed Philip racing down a bank on a child’s toy — and revealing what a prince wears under his kilt

The slippery slope: The Duke has a splashing time on a water slide aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in another scene from the Elizabeth At 90 programme. Talk about going overboard!

The Duke is seen on his back after zooming down a water slide. The footage was shown in the Elizabeth At 90 programme

Princess Anne and Prince Philip at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They were watching the Equestrian Eventing in Greenwich Park

Prince Philip bursts into laughter during a conversation with WWII veterans (left) after a wreath-laying ceremony at the main Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ramle on October 30, 1994. Right: Philip laughing during the Windsor Horse Show in 2008

Philip and the Queen at the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in 2008

Prince Philip laughs as he speaks to war veterans during the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on November 9, 2006

Prince Philip and Prince Charles share a joke onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012

Prince Philip laughs before his carriage driving event at the Horse Show in 2003

Prince Philip has been a loyal and unwavering companion to his beloved wife the Queen for more than 73 years

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