When The Crown returns for a third season, the Queen's private life is back in focus, including her relationship with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Philip was born into the Greek royal family in 1921, but his family fled the country when he was still a child after an anti-monarchist movement forced them into exile. Before he married Princess Elizabeth, he had to give his title and his succession to the Greek throne.
He was naturalized as a British citizen, was confirmed to Philip Mountbatten and in the Church of England.
he could not invite his four older sisters – Margarita, Theodora, Cecilie, and Sophie – to his wedding, since they were all married to Germans-three of whom had Nazi ties-as the wartime memories were still fresh.
All his sisters ended up marrying into aristocratic circles because of the family's journey after leaving Greece.
First they all fled to France but were soon separated.
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Philip attended MacJannet American School before being sent to Britain to study at the Cheam School.
In the thirties he moved to a school in Germany and then moved back to Scotland's Gordonstoun School, founded by the Jewish headmaster Kurt Hanh after the rise of the Nazis.
His sisters, however, remained in Germany and all married German aristocrats.
Princess Cecilie, born in 1911, married the hereditary Grand Duke Georg Donatus of Hesse in 1931.
They joined the NSDAP in 1937, but only a few months later, 26-year-old Cecilie, her husband, both of her young sons, died and her unborn baby in a plane crash.
Her daughter lived another two years but died of meningitis in 1939.
Princess Sophie, born in 1914, married Prince Christoph von Hessen in 1930 at the age of only 16.
Christoph was the great-grandson of Queen Victoria through her eldest daughter Victoria, Princess P Royal.
He was a director in the Air Force Ministry of the Third Reich and senior SS officer.
They had five children together, but Christoph died in an airplane accident in a war zone in the Apennines in Italy in 1943.
Sophie later married Prince George William of Hanover in 1946, whom she had three more children.
Sophie was a frequent visitor to her brother Prince Philip later in life and godmother to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, until her death in 2001.