See Prince Philip young: a tribute in pictures

Prince Philip young in photos: from his early days at Gordonstoun School, to his enduring love story with Queen Elizabeth II

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The tragic news of the death of Prince Philip has rocked the world but images of Prince Philip, young and happy as a devoted husband and father, leave behind a heart-warming legacy. 

Prior to his passing this morning, the Duke of Edinburgh had been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years. On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen said of her beloved companion: "He is someone who doesn't take easily to compliments. But he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know."

Prince Philip first met a young Princess Elizabeth in 1939 when King George VI toured the Naval College in Dartmouth, accompanied by his daughter and Philip's uncle. Philip, a confident and strikingly handsome Lieutenant, was asked to look after her. He reportedly showed off to her on the tennis court in the grounds of the college, marking the start of one of the world's most captivating and long-lasting love stories. 

Along with children Anne, Andrew and Edward, Prince Philip is the father of heir apparent Princes Charles and grandfather to Prince William (married to Kate Middleton) and Prince Harry (married to Meghan Markle).

See Prince Philip: young in pictures

July 1935: Prince Philip of Greece dressed for the Gordonstoun School's production of 'MacBeth', in Scotland.

Prince Philip young - July 1935: Prince Philip of Greece dressed for the Gordonstoun School's production of 'MacBeth', in Scotland. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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11th July, 1947: Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten outside Buckingham Palace after announcing their engagement publicly before marrying in 1948.

Prince Philip young - 11th July 1947: Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten outside Buckingham Palace after announcing their engagement publicly. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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2nd June, 1953: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth's coronation

Prince Philip young - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh wave at the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace after Elizabeth's coronation, 2nd June 1953

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9th June, 1955: Prince Philip on his way to attend the State Opening of Parliament. 

Prince Philip young - 9th June 1955: The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, on his way to attend the State Opening of Parliament. (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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13th June, 1957: The Royal Family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Queen's official birthday.

Prince Philip young - The royal family gathers on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Trooping the Colour ceremony on the Queen's official birthday, 13th June 1957. From left to right, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Princess Anne, the Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Margaret, the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Philip and Prince Charles. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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In this undated photo, you can see a young Charles, the Prince of Wales, with his father Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, onboard a boat

Prince Philip young - Undated picture showing Prince Charles of Wales with his father Prince Philip of Edinburgh on board a boat. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

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24th June, 1959: Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip visiting an open pit mine at Knob Lakes during their royal tour of Canada.

Prince Philip young - 24th June 1959: Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh visiting an open pit mine at Knob Lakes during their royal tour of Canada. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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Prince Philip as a beaming father with Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

Prince Philip young - CANADA - JANUARY 27: The Happy Father Prince Phillip will have another baby to bounce in his arms now that Charles and Anne; seen with him here are a trifle big for that. He may be a nervous expectant dad but Queen appears philisophical. Her recent comment childbirth was: It (Photo by Norman James/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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28th March, 1960: His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh enters the Leicester Square Odeon for the Royal Film Performance of "The Last Angry Man."

Prince Philip young - 28th March 1960: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh enters the Leicester Square Odeon for the Royal Film Performance of 'The Last Angry Man'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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23rd March, 1964: Prince Philip meets Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles.

Prince Philip young (R) has just been confirmed a loyal Beatle fan as he shakes with the Beatle drummer Ringo Starr while other Beatles (L to R) George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney look on.

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A keen sailor, this is Prince Philip at helm of his yawl, "Bloodhound," during Cowes Regatta.

Prince Philip young - at helm of his yawl, 'Bloodhound', during Cowes Regatta. (Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

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September 1972: Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II visit a farm on the Balmoral estate in Scotland, during their Silver Wedding anniversary year. 

Prince Philip young - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit a farm on the Balmoral estate in Scotland, during their Silver Wedding anniversary year, September 1972

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July 1975: Prince Philip at a horse carriage driving event in Windsor Home Park, England

Prince Philip young - A close up portrait of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a horse carriage driving event in Windsor Home Park, England, July 1975

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