Inside home Prince Philip was born in before family forced to flee in the night

Before his family was forced to flee from a military uprising, Prince Philip spent his earliest years at Mon Repos in Greece.

The future Duke of Edinburgh was born to Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg, at the Corfu royal residence on June 10, 1921.

It was at the 19th century villa that Philippos – his birth name – lived for 18 months until he was smuggled to safety in an orange crate.

The Prince's sister, Sophie was also born at the family home seven years earlier.

Mon Repos later became the subject of a tug of war match between the Greek state and their since abolished monarchy – but is now open as a museum for members of the public.

Built in 1826 by British Commissioner Frederic Adams who gave it to his second wife Nina Palatianou, the villa is surrounded by beautiful greenery on top of Analipsis hill, near Kanoni.

Compared to other royal homes, Mon Repos is relatively small but still beautiful with colonial influences visible across its architecture.

Fast forward four decades and the palace was a holiday home of all British governors in Corfu until the Ionian Islands were united to Greece, in 1864, when it was given as a gift to King George I of Greece.

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It is thanks to King George I who used the property as a summer holiday retreat, that it got its French name which translates as “My Rest”.

Years after Philip's family hurriedly left his birth home, Corfu became occupied by Italy and was home to Parini, the Italian governor of the Ionian Islands, during the Second World War.

Since Greece re-took control of the islands the Greek government and the former Greek royal family were locked in dispute over Mon Repos.

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While the former King Constantine of Greece thought the palace belonged to him because it was once his summer residence, the government considered Mon Repos to be under the state's ownership.

Constantine was eventually awarded millions in compensation for losing Mon Repos and two other properties seized by the government when the Greek monarchy was abolished.

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The European Court of Human Rights at Strasburg made the ruling in 2002 almost three decades since losing the residences in 1975.

Once the home of Prince Philip, Mon Repos is now used by the Municipality of Corfu as a tourist attraction and is visited by hundreds of tourists every year.

It has been restored to the extent it again reflects its original and classical imposing features as well has holding a museum that includes many Ionian treasures.

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