Philip Mountbatten

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Person.png Philip Mountbatten  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(British royal)
25.Jun.2015 Prince Philip in Frankfurt.jpg
BornPrince Philip of Greece and Denmark
10 June 1921
Mon Repos, Corfu, Kingdom of Greece
Died9 April 2021 (Age 99)
Windsor, England
Alma materGordonstoun School, Salem Castle School
ReligionChurch of England
SpouseElizabeth Windsor
Founder ofDuke of Edinburgh's Award, World Wildlife Fund
Member ofBritish royal family, The 1001 Club
Interestspopulation reduction
"I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus."

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.


Mountbatten founded the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme in 1956.[1]



He expressed concerns about overpopulation in interviews and writing.[2][3]

“Human population growth is probably the single most serious long-term threat to survival. We’re in for a major disaster if it isn’t curbed—not just for the natural world, but for the human world. The more people there are, the more resources they’ll consume, the more pollution they’ll create, the more fighting they’ll do. We have no option. If it isn’t controlled voluntarily, it will be controlled involuntarily by an increase in disease, starvation and war.

Can you give me an example?

I was in Sri Lanka recently, where a United Nations project set out in the late 1940s to eradicate malaria. It’s an island and it was therefore possible to destroy the mosquito carrying the disease. What people didn’t realize was that malaria was actually controlling the growth of the population. The consequence was that within about 20 years the population doubled. Now they’ve got to find something for all those people to do and some way to feed them.”
Philip Mountbatten (December 21, 1981)  [4]

“I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist… I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus.”
Philip Mountbatten (1987)  [5]

Gun control

On the occurence of the 1996 Dunblane school massacre he spoke against tighter gun ownership regulation, but did so with a simile that struck people as insensitive.[6][7]


Related Quotation

Jimmy Savile“The thing about me is I get things done and I work deep cover, [...] I’ve known the Royal Family for a million years.”Jimmy Savile


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19652 April 19654 April 1965Italy
Villa d'Este
The 14th Bilderberg meeting, held in Italy
Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967St John's College (Cambridge)
Possibly the only Bilderberg meeting held in a university college rather than a hotel (St. John's College, Cambridge)
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