As the husband of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip has obviously been photographed countless times. In fact, having been in the spotlight for so long, his personality has been a source of great interest. His public persona paints the man as something of a gaffe-prone joker, but there’s much more to him than that. Indeed, a number of rare photographs might help to shed some light on his character. Here, Philip is pictured in costume for a Gordonstoun school production of Macbeth in Scotland.
Before he was a British prince, Philip was actually a member of both the Greek and Danish royal families. Born in 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu, he and his family were forced to flee Greece the following year as a result of his uncle, King Constantine I, being overthrown and driven into exile following a coup d’etat. Consequently, Philip spent his early years growing up in France, Germany and the U.K.