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Prince Philip collection forms Windsor Castle display

The first photograph taken of the Duke of Edinburgh has been released to mark his 90th birthday.

The black and white print shows Prince Philip as a newborn baby in the arms of his mother, Alice of Greece.

It forms part of an exhibition at Windsor Castle chronicling the duke's life and interests through a gallery of photographs, paintings and memorabilia.

The collection will be displayed from Saturday ahead of the duke's birthday on 10 June and runs until January 2012.

Many of the items come from the duke's own personal collection and tell the story of his childhood and naval career, marriage to the Queen and family life.

It also shows his work as patron or president of around 800 organisations.

Two other prints, which have not been showed before, have also been released ahead of the duke's birthday for the Royal Collection exhibition.

Personal collection

In a picture taken in Athens in 1922, a baby Prince Philip, dressed in a long white gown, is almost at the walking stage and is holding himself up on a table.

Image caption The duke was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box following a military coup in Greece

The image was captured shortly before the duke's family went into exile following a military coup in Greece which overthrew Philip's uncle, King Constantine I.

George V ordered the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Calypso to evacuate the family and Prince Philip was carried to safety in a cot made from an orange box in December 1922, aged just 18 months.

In the final image, a school photograph taken at Cheam Prep School in 1933, which is signed by the duke, he is cross-armed and smartly dressed in a suit with a shirt and tie.

Other items on display include a gold bracelet decorated with jewels designed by Prince Philip for the Queen in 1952, a triptych painted by artist David Poole in 1986 and an unusual steel, brass and porcelain wine bottle cooler in the shape of a large grasshopper, given as a present by President Pompidou of France.

Curator Jane Roberts said: "The exhibition is a tribute to Prince Philip's 90 years and we wanted to start it with these wonderful photographs of his early years and his family.

"The exhibition was not his idea but we in the Royal Collection wanted to do something to celebrate this birthday."

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