The Duke of Edinburgh, arguably the world's most famous husband, has died at the age of 99.He spent seven decades within the shadow of his wife, the UK's Queen Elizabeth - but his force of personality meant he would never be simply knowledgeable spouse.
So who was the person beside the monarch, and the way did he come to marry the Queen?
A husband but never a king. First things first: The Duke, also referred to as Philip , was never in line for the throne - which his eldest son stands to inherit - and never held the title of king.
That's because within the UK, a lady who marries the monarch can use the ceremonial title of queen - but men who marry the monarch can't use the title king, which may only be employed by male sovereigns.
The Queen and Philip had four children together: Charles , 72, Princess Anne, 70, Prince Andrew, 61, and 57-year-old Edward .
As they tell it, Philip often exerted his will once they were young.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward quotes Prince Andrew as saying of his childhood: "Compassion comes from the Queen. and therefore the duty and discipline comes from him."But Andrew also remembered how his father made time to create bedtime tales, or hear his children read Rudyard Kipling's with great care Stories.
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