All that lead to me getting this book, "Young Prince Philip" by Philip Eade. It follows Philip's early life from before his birth (he had very interesting grand[parents) through his childhood and military career and onto his courtship and marriage to Princess Elizabeth, finishing with the Coronation in 1953. It isn't an authorised biography but the author does indicate that the Palace had had a hand in correcting some of his more obvious errors. I has always considered Philip a bit of a joke figure renowned for speaking his mind at the most inappropriate junctures but this book has certainly caused me to rethink. His early family life was bizarre, to say the least, and the way that he overcame that to become a more than capable Naval officer and then re-invented himself on marriage to Elizabeth, carrying out a dignified and supportive role for the last 60 years speaks volumes for his strength of character. As is often the case in good biographies, interesting, insightful and often amusing anecdotes about Philip and his family abound.
This book is a good introduction to a man who is one of the unsung heroes of 20th Century Britain and is written in an easy style that makes great bedtime reading.