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Thrifty Prince Philip ‘continued wearing his wedding day shoes for 74 years’

Prince Philip continued to don the shoes he wore for his wedding for the rest of his life, it has been reported.

The Duke of Edinburgh married Queen Elizabeth on November 20, 1947.

For the next seven decades he continued to wear the same black leather shoes he slipped on that day to formal events, MailOnline reports.

The 70 year long relationship Philip maintained with the shoes was revealed by the Confederation of British Industry president Lord Karan Bilimoria.

“He told me once that he was wearing the shoes from the day that he got married,” he said.

“We were next to each other and tying up our laces when he told me that those were the same shoes from his wedding day. It was amazing.”

The Queen and her husband pictured here in 1976
The Queen and her husband pictured here in 1976

The touching tribute was made the day before Philip’s funeral.

The duke will be interred at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in a ceremony which begins at 3pm tomorrow which will be broadcast live.

This evening an Order of Service for the funeral was published which shows a string of musical pieces with deep personal connections to the royal.

Music chosen by Philip, who served in the navy, includes the hymn Eternal Father, Strong to Save – traditionally associated with seafarers and the maritime armed services.

Philip is said to have worn the shoes for 74 years
Philip is said to have worn the shoes for 74 years

Written in 1860 by William Whiting, it was inspired by the dangers of the sea described in Psalm 107.

Prince Philip sang the extra verse at the funeral of the man who taught him to fly while he was a Royal Navy officer.

It was also sung at the funeral of Philip’s beloved uncle, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979, as well as at the departing services of George Bush Snr and John F Kennedy.

Rhosymedre by Vaughn Williams will also form a part of the deeply religious service.

The duke's funeral will be held at 3pm on Saturday
The duke’s funeral will be held at 3pm on Saturday

The sweeping and highly emotional rendering of a traditional British folk song was also played at Princess Diana’s funeral and the weddings of Prince Harry and Prince William.

A Jubilate which was written for St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, at Philip’s request and a psalm which he requested should be set to music and which was first sung in honour of his 75th birthday will also form part of the service.

It also reveals key themes that will sit at the heart of the service, including the Duke’s “unwavering loyalty” to the Queen and his “courage, fortitude and faith”.

No sermon will be delivered during the ceremonial royal service, in keeping with Philip’s wishes, and there will not be a eulogy.

His love of the sea and long association with the Royal Navy permeates the Order of Service, which has been released by Buckingham Palace ahead of Saturday’s proceedings.



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