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Prince Phillip 'is a quiet hero'


The Duke of Edinburgh has becomes the longest ever serving royal consort. He has stood by the Queen for 57 years and 70 days. Alice Thompson, of The Times, and Guardian columnist Zoe Williams discuss what attributes make for a good consort and how - if at all - the role is affected by gender.

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