Royal Blush: Thoughts about Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

He was married to the Queen of England, yet no one called him “King”.  His royal title at his birth was the “Prince of Greece and Denmark” even though he and his family were exiled from the first country when he was just 18 months old and he was in the line of succession for both countries’ thrones. Despite both his parents being of royal bloodlines, his father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark died nearly penniless in Monte Carlo in 1944 and his mother, Princess Alice of Brattenburg, great-granddaughter to Queen Victoria was diagnosed as a “paranoid schizophrenic” and spent 3 years of her adult life as a patient in a sanatorium. And although he renounced all his titles to become a naturalized British subject who also heroically fought for the British Navy during world War II, each one of his 4 sisters ended up marrying German princes, 3 of which had Nazi ties.

Being born with a Gemini Sun, clearly understood and easily flowing communication was of the most supreme importance, as it is for anyone born beneath sign of the Twins .I, out of anyone would know,given the fact I was born the day after the Queen’s Prince Consort on the 11th of June.  Unlike the Prince however, my astrological need to clearly communicate was not being constantly misconstrued by the press and a regular reason to make the whole of my family blush with exasperated embarrassment.

Two different times of birth are listed for Prince Philip, both of which I can easily relate to, since our astrological foundations are so similar.  Astrologically, the majority of a person’s personality can be determined by three things: the sign and House positioning of their Sun. their Moon, and the sign the Horizon was in at the time of their birth, otherwise known as the “Ascebdant”or “Risng Sign.   I was born a Gemini Sun Capricorn Moon with a Leo Ascendant .Using either of Prince Philip’s birth times my “big three”match 2 out of  the Prince Consort’s 3 each time, with 1  time making him a Gemini Sun with a Leo Moon and Leo Ascendant and the other time making Philip have a Gemini Sun, a Capricorn Ascendant, and  a Leo Moon.

I like to refer to the Gemini double Leo time for reasons which I shall explain:

Having a Leo Ascendant puts the planet of Luck and Blessings, otherwise known as Jupiter, similar to my own natal Jupiter, at the end of the 1st House; his in the sign of Virgo , mine in the last degree of Leo. Seeing that Philip’s Virgoan Jupiter was conjunct his 2nd House Saturn in the same sign made me think of a recent article I had read about the Prince Consort’s experiences during the War which I would presume is not common knowledge.

The Fast Thinking Seaman

When a person is born with Jupiter conjunct their 2nd House Saturn in Virgo, not only are they extremely resourceful, they also possess the ability to calmly yet quickly problem solve, even during the most dire of times.

This most certainly applies to Prince Philip.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in History otherwise known as “D-Day”, the BBC asked surviving veterans to contribute their own War stories. One came from a yeoman stationed aboard the HMS Wallace during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943 named Harry Hargreaves.  At that time, a then 21 year old Prince Philip had been newly appointed First Lieutenant, Second-in-Command. The situation quickly became desperate when in the dead of night the destroyer ship was repeatedly attacked by German Luftwaffe planes  .Hargreaves  said that at one point the ship’s entire crew became convinced their vessel would surely sink and all was lost.  It was then that Hargreaves recalled that Philip devised a genius plan which saved all lives on board.  Philip consulted with the dhip’s captain to throw a raft overboard with smoke floats that from the air would appear to a plane as flaming debris on the water. Hargreaves wrote that it was inevitable the German planes would not stop attacking until a direct hit was made to the ship.  After the previous plane had attacked, Philip surmised the ship had about 20 minutes before the next bomber plane approached. The ship sailed for about 5 minutes before shutting off all its engines as it sat and waited. The Luftwaffe bomber approached soon thereafter and assuming he had hit the ship on  his previous round, did not return. Hargreaves cited the experience as a prime example of “marvellously quick thinking conveyed to a willing team as if rehearsed”.

Scores of British sailors were saved that fated night as a result of Prince Philip’s brilliant mind.

Harry Hargreaves met Prince Philip in his native Canada when he toured on a royal visit in 2019.  Prince Philip joined the British Navy as a cadet when war first broke in 1939. He ended the War as the First Lieutenant on the HMS Whelp which was stationed in Tokyo and whose crew was present when the Japanese signed the papers of surrender in 1945. Hargreaves  said “Philip always had a great sense of humor and it’s got him into trouble over the years. We understood how to take it and in those days there were no reporters around!”

Prince Philip may have often gotten his foot stuck in his mouth, but as the eldest member of the Royal Family, the man always appeared to be the one royal who consistently and genuinely enjoyed fiimself the most.He may be remembered for the bluntness of his words but one could wnever accuse Prince Philip of being disingenuous or dishonest.

Qeen Elizabbeth was blessed to have had such a unique and extremely special Life partner.

May Perpetual Light shine on the soul of Prince Philip.

Prince Philip (2nd in from left) with his sisters and parents while on vacation in Romania,1928 (

While in the Royal Navy, Prince Philip played on their cricket team, 1947

Prince Consort Philip marries Princess Elizabeth of England, 1947. They were married to each other for 73 years.

Prince Philip & Queen Elizabeth with Prince Charles and Princess Anne, 1951

Prince Philip with his mother, Princess Alice of Brattenburg, 1967

PrinePhilip & his mother Princess Alice of Brattenburg, 1967

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