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Friday, June 10, 2011

Queen Makes Duke of Edinburgh Head of the Navy as 90th Birthday Gift

The Queen sprang a 90th birthday surprise on the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday by making him Lord High Admiral, the titular head of the Royal Navy. 

Duke of Edinburgh salutes young officers at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth

Her Majesty has held the title herself since a re-organisation of the Navy in 1964, but decided to bestow it on her husband as a gift to mark his landmark birthday and to show her gratitude for his unstinting support during 59 years as her consort. 

A royal insider said the Duke was “really, really touched” by the honour, which the Queen told him about during a private birthday lunch for two at Buckingham Palace. 

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