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Prince Philip Is Now Queen Victoria's Longest-Lived Descendent

The Duke of Edinburgh will turn 98 this summer.
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When it comes to the royal family, longevity could be in the gene pool. Queen Victoria lived to be 81 years old, an impressive feat for her time. Now, at 97, Prince Philip is her oldest-ever living descendant.

The Duke of Edinburgh just passed Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone for that title.

Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, was Queen Victoria's last surviving grandchild, and she died in January of 1981 at the age of 97.

According to the obituary in the New York Times, her great-niece, Queen Elizabeth II, "received the news of her great-aunt's death 'with great sadness.'"

The two women were reportedly close. "She was popular with Queen Elizabeth, who telephoned her frequently and invited her to most royal events," reads the obit.


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Princess Alice and her husband, the Earl of Athlone stand in front of a painting of her grandmother Queen Victoria in 1944.

As Prince Philip approaches his 98th birthday this June, he holds several longevity titles. He's currently the oldest living member and the longest-living male member of the British royal family ever.

He's also now the third longest-living British royal, behind Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester, who lived to be 102 years old, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who lived to be 101 years old.

Prince Philip retired from official duties in August of 2017, and while he has appeared at several events over the past year, including both Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie's weddings, in general, he's keeps his public schedule pretty free, reportedly operating on a "wake up and see how I feel basis," per the Telegraph.

At 97, that's well within his rights.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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