Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has stood at the Queen’s side for nearly 60 years. He is recognised the world over and has become the longest serving consort in British history. But he has told the BBC that he had to work out for himself what his role was “by trial and error”.
“There was no precedent. If I asked somebody, ‘What do you expect me to do?’ they all looked blank. They had no idea, nobody had much idea.”
Over the years, the duke has involved himself with more than 800 different organisations.