Celebrating the life of Prince Philip

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Sheets of 10



We are delighted to celebrate the rich and fascinating life of Prince Philip, a most extraordinary man, with stamps depicting the Duke engaged in some of his many interests over the years; from joining the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939 to becoming the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

Prince Philip was born in Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg and his title was Prince of Greece and Denmark. Aged just 18 months old, Prince Philip and his family had to leave Greece, as the country had become politically unstable.

Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Louis, who was Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord.
The Duke was on active service in the Royal Navy throughout the Second World War and was later awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour.

In July 1947 the engagement of Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to Princess Elizabeth was announced. Four months later, on 20 November, they were married in Westminster Abbey.

The Duke was a keen sportsman and enjoyed many sporting activities including polo, carriage driving and sailing. He learned to fly all types of aircraft, and gained his RAF wings in 1953, his helicopter wings in 1956 and his private pilot's licence in 1959.

Described by the Queen as her "strength and stay", Prince Philip remained Her Majesty’s constant companion through decades of great change. 


Date of Issue 1 September 2021
Designer Two Degrees North
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Values 50p, 73p, £1, £1.20
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 45mm deep x 28mm wide
Paper PVA Gummed 110gsm
Sheet 10
Perforation 13.25 x 13.5
Cylinder A

Celebrating the life of Prince Philip