Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II has become honorary commander of the British Navy Wednesday, upon receiving the title of Lord High Admiral. The Queen held the title for nearly fifty years. On the Prince’s 90th birthday in June of this year, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II was set to transfer the title to Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh had served for years in the Royal Navy prior to marrying the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947, rising to the rank of commander. On November 23, 2011, Prince Philip received the letters patent from the First Sea Lord, Sir Mark Stanhope.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh (L) observes a ceremony during a visit to the Admiralty Board and Admiralty House, November 23, 2011 in London, England. The Duke of Edinburgh was inaugurated as Lord High Admiral as well as formally receiving the Letters Patent, followed by a lunch given by the First Sea Lord at Admiralty House. (photo: Carl Court-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen at the Admiralty Board and Admiralty House (Photo by Carl Court-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II observe a ceremony during a visit to the Admiralty Board and Admiralty House in London, November 23, 2011 (photo: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)