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By Jake K.

According to the Royal Family of United Kingdom, “[i]t is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

Philip was born June 6, 1921 in Corfu. He was married to then daughter of King George VI, Princess Elizabeth, in 1947; she ascended to the throne as Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. You can read more about the personal history of the couple here.

EVPL features various books and DVDs in our collections about the Royal Family. Here is a sampling for you to checkout or add to your list to explore in the future:

Prince Philip Revealed

The editor-in-chief of “Majesty” magazine presents a biography of the British consort to discuss his aristocratic childhood in Paris, more than seven-decade marriage to Elizabeth II, and loyal service as a statesman and philanthropist.

Philip & Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage

This is the first major biography of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh―both royal, both great-great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria, but in temperament and upbringing very different people. Her childhood was loving and secure, his turbulent: the Duke’s grandfather was assassinated, his father arrested, his family exiled, his parents separated by the time he was ten. For almost sixty years theirs have been among the most famous faces in the world―yet the personalities behind the image remain elusive, and the nature of their marriage is an enigma. (Amazon, 2005.)

The Crown: The Complete First Season

The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne… a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Subsequent seasons are also available on DVD and a final season is in the works at Netflix.

The Wicked Wit of Prince Philip: An Audiobook

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE has been at the forefront of British public life since he married Princess Elizabeth in 1947. In the seventy years since, his wit (and the occasional ‘gaffe’) has continued to endear him to the nation, as he travelled the world taking his unique and charmingly British sense of humour to its far-flung corners. Hailed as a god by a tribe in Vanuatu, the Prince has had his fair share of brickbats from the media nearer home, but his outspokenness never fails to raise laughs – and eyebrows. From notorious one-liners to less newsworthy witticisms and from plain speaking to blunt indifference, the Prince does what we all wish we could do now and gain – forgets polite conversation and says what he thinks. In the year in which the Prince has stepped down from his royal duties, this joyous and timely book celebrates his wry humour and supremely wicked wit.

Windsor Castle: A Royal Year

This documentary chronicles a year in the life of Windsor Castle, the favorite home of Queen Elizabeth II and her family.

Journey Through A Tropical Jungle 

The Duke was a major supporter of environmental and nature conservation efforts. This book presents in text and photographs some of the plants, animals, and people that live in the the tropical rain forest of Costa Rica. The Duke wrote the afterword in this children’s book.

Princes of the Palace

This film charts the lives of the British Royal Family’s princes and their importance within the Royal House of Windsor. Profiling Princes Phillip, Charles, William, Harry and the new arrival Prince George. Made by A2B Media, a documentary specialist on the British Royal Family (Queen Elizabeth: The Diamond Celebration, Diana Princess of Wales – A Life on the Edge), this high-definition programme features exclusive interviews with royal biographers, correspondents and exclusive access to those who have worked with the royal family to give an inside view of how the royal Princes will shape the British monarchy and its transition from Queen Elizabeth, the longest reigning British monarch, to what will undoubtedly be a long succession of Princes becoming Kings. Contributors include Penny Junor, Nicholas Owen, Robert Lacy, Jenny Bond, Gyles Brandreth, Tim Heald, Arthur Edwards, Ingrid Seward and many more.

If reading about or watching more about the Royals isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d be interested in a look at Great Britain from a travel perspective. Kanopy features this interesting documentary in 36 episodes:

The Great Tours: England, Scotland and Wales

Discover a magnificent guide to a magnificent region. Taught by acclaimed Professor Patrick Allitt, these 36 lectures give you an insider’s take on traveling through Great Britain. Whether you’re planning a week-long vacation; a month-long grand tour; or just want to experience England, Scotland, and Wales from afar, this visually immersive course brings Great Britain into your living room.

Further items on Prince Philip in the EVPL Catalog can be found here.

Jake K.

Jake K.


Jake K. is a librarian at EVPL Central. He loves discovering answers to life’s pressing questions and helping people explore the amazing powers of the library.

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