Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on Friday April 9. Having lived 99 years, Philip has led an extraordinary life. He was born into the Greek and Danish royal families in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was only eighteen months old. He reportedly escaped war-torn Greece in a small cot made from a fruit box.
Equally unique is the fact that Philip was said to be born on June 10, 1921 on the kitchen table of the family home of Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu. BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond reported that the table in question ended up in a meeting room in London – with “full video conferencing facilities”. Dymond said: “The modernizer in man would have been delighted,” of the Duke of Edinburgh’s birth table serving as a conference venue.
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The table was purchased by Howe Robinson Partners, one of the largest private ship brokerage firms in the world. Now based in Singapore, the Howe Robinson group of companies has its origins in the founding of Howe Robinson and Co. Ltd. in the City of London in 1883.
Guy Hindley, a managing partner of the company, said BBC, “We have had [the table] in our office since 1980, but it goes back much further than that. When asked if he knew why the Duke of Edinburgh was born on the table, he replied: ‘All we can say is that when we look at old biographies it is about the doctor at the time, suggesting that the bed was somehow not suitable. . And so, she was carried downstairs and placed on the dining room table.
When Dymond asked, “What was more appropriate if rather less comfortable?” Hindley said, “Maybe it is. I think it was designed to be as comfortable as possible. An antiques expert told the BBC the table was in Queen Anne’s style, as were the chairs.
James McWhirter of James McWhirter Ltd, an antique dealer, dealing in “beautiful, interesting and original antiques and works of art, ranging in date and scope from early 17th century Chinese porcelain to late 17th century Moroccan rugs. of the twentieth century, and all the rest ”However, said they were mass-produced, so“ nothing special ”.
Princess Alice of Battenberg, mother of Prince Philip, was Queen Victoria’s great-granddaughter. She was born in Windsor Castle and raised in Great Britain, Germany and the Mediterranean. Princess of Hesse by birth, she was a member of the Battenberg family.
According to Esquire magazine, in 1928, Princess Alice began to behave strangely, claiming to be in contact with Jesus Christ and the Buddha, from whom she believed to receive divine messages. She also claimed to have healing powers. In 1930, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and interned in a sanatorium in Switzerland.
In 1938, Princess Alice returned to Athens, where she worked with the poor and underprivileged. She worked with the Red Cross, organized soup kitchens for starving Athenians, and smuggled medical supplies into Greece from Sweden. In 1943, she gave shelter to a Jewish widow and her two children, hiding them in her house. She allegedly pretended not to understand what was being asked when the Gestapo questioned her because of her deafness.
At a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring his mother as “Righteous Among the Nations” – an honorary title used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save the Jews from extermination by the Nazis for altruistic reasons – Prince Philip said: “I suspect it never occurred to him that his action was special. He was a person with a deep religious faith and she would have considered it a totally human action towards other human beings in distress. “