What a life he's lived!
One of the MAJOR perks of having the initials ‘HRH’ before your name is undoubtedly getting to meet the crème de la crème of the celebrity world. Such has been life for Prince Philip, who this week announced he would be retiring from all royal duties with immediate effect.
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And, whilst we reckon he won’t miss shaking endless strangers’ hands or being forced to stand in the pouring rain for hours whilst suffering from a particularly nasty bladder infection (see: the Queen’s Jubilee river pageant), he’ll no doubt miss rubbing shoulders with the A-list (and the B-, C- and D-list, too!).
And Philip has certainly met his fair share of stars in his 95 years! From pop stars including Hear’Say, S Club 7 and Boyzone’s Ronan Keating to Hollywood heavyweights such as Tom Cruise (the snap of the two of them is mega LOLs), we’ve delved into the archives to bring you the Prince’s big celebrity scrapbook.
Check out the brilliant (and sometimes bizarre) collection of snaps in the gallery below!
Prince Philip with Hear’Say and Shirley Bassey
Danny Hear’Say looks REALLY chuffed to be meeting the Prince
Prince Philip with Ronan Keating and wife Storm
We wonder if Phil is a Boyzone fan?
Prince Philip with S Club Seven
Oh HEY Jon, Rachel and Hannah S Club! We’re also particularly loving young Prince William in this shot… 😍
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Prince Philip with Steve McFadden
AKA Phil from EastEnders!
Prince Philip with Tom Cruise
Has Phil just dropped one of his legendary clangers?
Prince Philip with Madonna
Looks like Madge has been working on her curtsey!
Prince Philip with Cliff Richard
Because OF COURSE Sir Cliff is in with the royals
Prince Philip with Kate Thornton
The former X Factor host looks tickled pink by the prince
Prince Philip with Peter Kay
Looks like the funnyman had HRH in stitches
Prince Philip with Goldie
Yes, THE Goldie!
Prince Philip with Tom Jones
Now THIS is a #throwback
Prince Philip with Anna Friel
We’re *loving* Anna’s choice of outfit for her moment with royalty
Prince Philip with Wendy Richard and Barbara Windsor
The Prince and Queen Elizabeth got shown round the EastEnders set by Pauline Fowler and Peggy Mitchell in 2001
Prince Philip with Phillip Schofield
This Morning host Phillip interviewed his namesake over the course of a year for a documentary marking 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Award
Prince Philip with Kylie Minogue
We’re not surprised old Phil has a massive grin on his face whilst meeting the princess of pop