Prince Philip has undoubtedly led a remarkable life; he’s also held a number of important posts since becoming husband to Queen Elizabeth II. Perhaps due to his advanced age, though, the 96-year-old royal is gradually passing on his official responsibilities. And, as it turns, out, one of Philip’s most notable roles has gone to Prince Harry.
That particular position, in fact, is one that Philip may very well have treasured, given his own history of service in the British Royal Navy. Back before he wed Elizabeth, he was even considered to be the best cadet on his course at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, U.K. And when World War II broke out, he duly went into action to serve his country.
In particular, Philip was appointed as a midshipman in 1940; he would eventually rise to become first lieutenant on HMS Wallace, even though he was only 21 at the time. And that was despite the fact that, during the war, Philip found himself on the opposing side of some of his own family, as two of his sisters had married Nazi officers.