Gone but not forgotten: the tribe who worship Prince Phillip

Beloved figure head of the royal family – not the Queen herself but her longstanding husband Prince Phillip. The Prince was born in a different era, on the 10th June 1921. A member of the Greek and Danish royal families, the Prince was famed for his having to flee Europe after his family was exiled from Greece when he was just 18 months old. After travelling by sea he found himself as a young man in the United Kingdom, where he was playing on the polo field when he first caught the eye of the young Princess Elizabeth.

The romance of the young pair caught the media attention of the UK and press around the world, as their whirlwind love affair took flight. They married in 1939 and went on to have four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. The pair have been in the public eye since the beginning of their relationship and there were serious concerns over how the Prince’s death would affect the Queen emotionally in her later years. 

With so much media attention, it is no surprise the Prince’s name became famous around the world. He was known as an adventurous man and for being a ‘good sport’ on the many world tours he did with the Queen, and his solo trips throughout the Commonwealth. The Prince meant more to some than others however, in particular a tribe of indegenous people of Yaohnanen and Yakel on the southern island of Tanna in Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of a Y-shaped archipelago. After hearing the similarities of the Prince’s story to an ancient legend of their where a mountain god travelled by sea and to find love, the tribe proclaimed Prince Phillip a god. Reports say they have been devastated at the news of his passing. 

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