Table of Contents
- What medals did the Duke of Edinburgh have?
- King George VI Coronation Medal
- 1939-1945 Star
- Africa Star
- Burma Star
- Atlantic Star
- Italy Star
- War Medal 1939-1945, with Mention in Dispatches
- Croix de Guerre
- Greek War Cross
- Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
- Canadian Forces Decoration (5 Bars)
- Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
- New Zealand Commemoration Medal
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Medal
- Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan
- Royal Victoria Chain
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with 6 bars
PRINCE Philip was often seen sporting many medals on his military uniform at official Royal events.
But what were the medals for? Here is everything you’ll need to know…
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Prince Philip wears his medals during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London on June 3, 2012Credit: AFP
What medals did the Duke of Edinburgh have?
Prince Philip was decorated with many medals for his active military service throughout his life. Below is the list of honours:
King George VI Coronation Medal
The Duke of Edinburgh was awarded the King George VI Coronation Medal in 1937 in commemoration of the coronation of King George and Queen Elizabeth.
A British Commonwealth campaign medal was awarded to Prince Philip for his service during World War II.
In July 1943, the duke was awarded the Africa Star for his service in the continent during World War II
This was awarded for his service in Burma (now Myanmar) during the Second World War.
Prince Philip as a First Lieutenant sporting a thick beard in Australia, 1945
Similarly, to the Africa and Burma Star, the duke was awarded this medal for his service in the Atlantic during World War II.
Philip was awarded the Italy Star in May 1945 for his service in Italy and the surrounding areas in the Second World War.
War Medal 1939-1945, with Mention in Dispatches
This medal was awarded to those who served in the Armed Forces or Merchant Navy for at least 28 days between 1939 and 1945.
The oak left which is on the duke’s medal is in reference to the Mention in Dispatches which Philip earned for shining searchlights at enemy ships while they were under fire.
Croix de Guerre
A French military decoration to honour people who fought with the Allies against Axis nations in the Second World War.
Greek War Cross
The Duke of Edinburgh was decorated with the Greek War Cross in 1950 for his heroism in wartime to both Greeks and foreign allies.
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
Prince Philip was given a commemorative medal in 1953 made to celebrate the coronation of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.
Canadian Forces Decoration (5 Bars)
The medal was awarded to Philip for completing 12 years of military service.
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
Prince Philip was given a commemorative medal created in 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen succeeding to the throne.
New Zealand Commemoration Medal
Prince Philip was awarded the New Zealand Commemoration Medal in 1990 in recognition of the contributes he made to New Zealand life.
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Medal
The duke was given a commemorative medal created in 2002 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen succeeding to the throne.
Prince Philip came close to deadly action during his military career
Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan
A commemorative medal marking 100 years since Saskatchewan’s entrance into the Canadian Confederation
Royal Victoria Chain
Awarded in 2007, the duke was given the Royal Victoria Chain by the Queen. It is an official award and is conferred only upon the Royal Family and the highest dignitaries.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
A commemorative medal created in 2012 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen succeeding to the throne.
Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with 6 bars
A long service military honour, earned after at least 15 years in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines