Prince Philip by Philip Eade
The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II

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"Rich in drama and tragedy" (The Guardian), here is a mesmerizing account of the extraordinary formative years of the man married to the most famous woman in the world



Before he met the young girl who became Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip had a tumultuous upbringing in Greece, France, Nazi Germany, and Britain. His mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was born deaf; she was committed to a psychiatric clinic when Philip was eight. His father, Prince Andrew of Greece, already traumatized by his exile from his home country, promptly shut up the family home and went off to live with his mistress, effectively leaving his young son an orphan.



Remarkably, Philip emerged from his difficult childhood a character of singular vitality and dash—self-confident, opinionated, and devastatingly handsome. Girls fell at his feet, and the princess who would become his wife was smitten from the age of thirteen. Yet alongside his considerable charm and intelligence, the young prince was also prone to volcanic outbursts, which would have profound consequences for his family and the future of the monarchy.



In this authoritative and wonderfully compelling book, acclaimed biographer Philip Eade brings to vivid life the storm-tossed early years of one of the most fascinating and mysterious members of the royal family.


 

About Philip Eade

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Philip Eade has worked as a criminal barrister, English teacher, and journalist. His first book, Sylvia Queen of the Headhunters, was a runner-up for the Biographers' Club Prize; his second, Prince Philip, became a Sunday Times bestseller. He lives in London.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 377 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen.

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The New York Times

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Unsurprisingly, a woman who did not flinch when a gunman fired six shots at her while she was Trooping the Color on horseback in 1981 (they were blanks), and who has weathered the scandals and calamities generated by her children — Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and t...

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The Guardian

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(Almost as unimaginable was the venerable Gandhi's royal wedding gift in 1947: Mahatma's handspun tray-cloth was loyally defended by a youthful Philip when his fiancée's granny, mistaking the scrap of material for the Indian leader's loin-cloth, cried out, aghast, against "the horrible thing!") ...

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The Wall Street Journal

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"Prince Philip," Philip Eade's sure-footed and sparkling biography—which takes its subject up to Elizabeth's coronation in 1952—shows just what use Philip made of his amazing luck.

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The Wall Street Journal

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"Prince Philip," Philip Eade's sure-footed and sparkling biography—which takes its subject up to Elizabeth's coronation in 1952—shows just what use Philip made of his amazing luck.

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The Washington Times

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Is there anything left to say about Prince Philip to justify yet another royal biography? Well, yes, if you write as well as Philip Eade, who originally was attracted to Philip's life story because of their mutual interest in unidentified flying objects - an interest Philip also shared with his u...

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Macleans

While the second half of the book is interesting—it revolves around Philip’s wartime experiences as a Royal Navy officer, his serious romances, including one with Osla Benning, a Canadian-born debutante living in London, as well as his first years as a royal consort—it is Eade’s dissection of Phi...

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Independent.ie

(Visiting China, he told a group of British students that if they stayed there too long they'd return "slitty-eyed" -- the Chinese didn't complain, but it was headlined as a dreadful gaffe.) However, you cannot judge a person's life until you have walked a mile in their shoes, and this bril...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Yet alongside his considerable charm and intelligence, the young prince was also prone to volcanic outbursts, which would have profound consequences for his family and the future of the monarchy.In this authoritative and wonderfully compelling book, acclaimed biographer Philip Eade brings ...

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Chicago Sun Times

Spare a little sympathy for Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, famous for his irascibility and bizarre, occasionally offensive remarks in public.

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Curious Book Fans

While Queen Elizabeth II may be something of an enigma, a very private person who does not reveal her personal feelings, her husband Prince Philip is often perceived as easier to understand, given that he often appears to speak his mind.

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The Weekly Standard

While the coming crop of princes and princesses gives us the faces of the future, Philip Eade’s new biography explores the bumpy early life of one of the less visible yet markedly more stalwart of the current House of Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, diminutively ...

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Artswrap

This gripping new Prince Philip biography takes a closer look at his early life, published to coincide with his 90th birthday.

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Spectator Book Club

It was he who ensured that Philip joined the British Navy, and in due course became a British citizen — a superfluous manoeuvre, since by the 1705 Act of Naturalisation of Princess Sophia he had enjoyed British citizenship from birth.

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