Prince Philip’s birth certificate unearthed after being buried for 99 years in archive

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The document (above) was handwritten in Greek Katharevousa, a purist version of modern Greek, by a priest named Spiriodon Tryfonas on the island of Corfu.  It has been collecting dust for decades in municipal archives housed in a former British Army barracks located in the imposing Venetian fortress overlooking the old town of Corfu.



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Prince Philip’s birth certificate was unearthed by The Mail on Sunday – after being buried for nearly a century in records near the Greek villa where he was born.

The document was handwritten in Greek Katharevousa, a purist version of modern Greek, by a priest named Spiriodon Tryfonas on the island of Corfu.

It has been collecting dust for decades in municipal archives housed in a former British Army barracks which is in the imposing Venetian fortress overlooking Corfu’s old town.

But yesterday, a staff member agreed to give the Mail on Sunday access to the leather-bound book in which the prince’s birth was recorded.

Prince Philip’s birth certificate was unearthed by The Mail on Sunday – after being buried for nearly a century in archives near the Greek villa where he was born. (Above, Princess Alice with her toddler son, Philip)

The document (above) was handwritten in Greek Katharevousa, a purist version of modern Greek, by a priest named Spiriodon Tryfonas on the island of Corfu.  It has been collecting dust for decades in municipal archives housed in a former British Army barracks located in the imposing Venetian fortress overlooking the old city of Corfu.

The document (above) was handwritten in Greek Katharevousa, a purist version of modern Greek, by a priest named Spiriodon Tryfonas on the island of Corfu. It has been collecting dust for decades in municipal archives housed in a former British Army barracks located in the imposing Venetian fortress overlooking the old town of Corfu.

It details how Prince Andrew of Greece, Philip’s father, introduced a little boy to the priest, who he said was born at 10 a.m. on May 28, 1921.

Philip was born on June 10, 1921, but experts say his birth was recorded using the ancient Julian calendar, which was still in use in Greece at the turn of the 20th century.

The document states that the baby’s mother was “her Royal Princess Aliki” (Alice), whose father Louis, Prince of Battenberg was “born in Windsor Castle”.

He adds that during her baptism into the Greek Orthodox Church, the baby was officially given the name “Philippos” by two groups of godparents – Queen Mother Olga of Greece, represented at the ceremony by Princess Olga, and the municipality of Corfu, which was represented by two local city officials.

Last night, the granddaughter of Stylianos Maniarizis, then president of the Corfu City Council and one of the officials who attended Philip’s baptism in the beautiful Church of St George, spoke of her pride in the involvement of the family in the youth of such a historical figure. .

Pharmacist Vasiliki Maniarizi, 70, said: “It was a great honor that my grandfather was one of Prince Philip’s two godfathers.

“Although I never met him, my father told the story of the baptism many times. I am proud of my grandfather.

It details how Prince Andrew of Greece (pictured), Philip's father, introduced a baby boy to the priest, who he said was born at 10 a.m. on May 28, 1921.

It details how Prince Andrew of Greece (pictured), Philip's father, introduced a baby boy to the priest, who he said was born at 10 a.m. on May 28, 1921.

Document states baby's mother was 'her Princess Royal Aliki' (Alice, pictured), whose father Louis, Prince of Battenberg was 'born at Windsor Castle'

Document states baby's mother was 'her Princess Royal Aliki' (Alice, pictured), whose father Louis, Prince of Battenberg was 'born at Windsor Castle'

It details how Prince Andrew of Greece (left), Philip’s father, introduced a little boy to the priest, who he said was born at 10 a.m. on May 28, 1921. Philip was actually born on May 10, 1921. June 1921 but experts say he was born. was recorded using the ancient Julian calendar, which was still in use in Greece at the beginning of the 20th century. The document states that the baby’s mother was “her Royal Princess Aliki” (Alice, right), whose father Louis, Prince of Battenberg was “born in Windsor Castle”

Philip (above) is said to have been born on a palace kitchen table, which was used by the Greek royal family as a summer residence.  Although he was Prince of Greece, Philip did not have Greek blood.  His complex background was in fact Danish, German, Russian and British.

Philip (above) is said to have been born on a palace kitchen table, which was used by the Greek royal family as a summer residence.  Although he was Prince of Greece, Philip did not have Greek blood.  His complex background was in fact Danish, German, Russian and British.

Philip (above) is said to have been born on a palace kitchen table, which was used by the Greek royal family as a summer residence. Although he was Prince of Greece, Philip did not have Greek blood. His complex background was in fact Danish, German, Russian and British.

The document offers extraordinary insight into the tumultuous first 18 months of Prince Philip’s life. The queen’s future husband and husband was born in Mon Repos, a neoclassical villa nestled in a wood overlooking the Ionian Sea.

He is said to have been born on a palace kitchen table, which was used by the Greek royal family as a summer residence. Although he was Prince of Greece, Philip did not have Greek blood. His complex background was in fact Danish, German, Russian and British.

His family was forced to flee Corfu in December 1922 after Philip’s father, a Greek army lieutenant general, was arrested and charged with high treason following the defeat of the Turks in the Greco-Turkish War.

Evacuated on a British warship, HMS Calypso, the newborn prince was transported to safety in a cot made from an unused fruit box.

With its peeling paint and weathered facade, the grandeur of Mon Repos has faded over the past century, though its elegant ground-floor rooms, which now house a museum, provide a glimpse into its past. royal.

The only visible sign of her connection to Philip is a blue and red plaque, written in Greek and English, next to the entrance doors.

On Friday, a bouquet of six white roses was left near the door, along with a card reading ‘Rest in Peace, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’.

Lynn and Vivian Church, who are among 6,000 Britons who live in Corfu, visited yesterday to lay their own flowers. Ms Church said: “We have just paid tribute. “

Mr Church added: “He was probably more important than any prime minister because of the length of his service. We are sorry for the Queen – he has been her rock throughout her life.

Meropi Ydraiou, Mayor of central Corfu and the Diapontia Islands, said: “On behalf of all the people of Corfiat, I express my sincere condolences. “

The royal record (translated) …

In Corfu, on October 24 of the year 1921, I, the undersigned vicar of the Church of Our Christ the Savior, which is located in the domain of the royal domain Mon Repos, declare that His Royal Highness Prince Andreas (Andrew) of Greece, 39 years old, son of the late King George I, born in Athens and residing in Corfu, appeared before me.

He presented me with a newborn male and declared that he was born on Friday May 28, 1921 at 10 a.m. in his residence to his 36 year old Princess Royal Aliki (Alice), daughter of Louis, Prince of Battenberg, born at Windsor Castle.

At his baptism, the newborn was given the name Philippos (Philip) by his godparents, namely Her Royal Majesty the Queen Mother Olga, represented by Her Highness Princess Olga, daughter of Her Royal Highness Prince Nikolaos of Greece, and the Municipality of Corfiates, represented unanimously by the mayor Mr. Alexandros S. Kokotos and Mr. Stylianos I. Maniarizis, president of the municipal council.

The registration act was drawn up in the presence of the witness, Theodoros Chrysovitsianos, son of Nikolaos, aged 45, doctor, born in Corfu, and Konstantinos Alamanos, son of Pericles, aged 39, lawyer, born in Corfu, and the two municipal councils. .

The registration deed is legally signed by me, the person appearing and the witnesses.

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