Prince Philip Movement
The Royal Family is composed of about a hundred family relatives of Queen Elizabeth. There are also currently thirteen ex-members who have been excluded from the family due to marrying a Roman Catholic. There is no clear limit as to who exactly belongs to the family but people holding the title HRH (His Royal Highness) present the core of the family. The current Queens ancestry is in the House of Oldenburg and the House of Glucksburg. Both houses are originally Scandinavian. Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip who has both Greek and Danish blood in 1947 and who was given the title Prince in 1957 by the Queen. In Britain, the Queen is the head monarch and Prince Philips role is to support and be loyal to the Queen. But is Prince Philips role the same in the whole world? In 1947, a „Prince Philip Movement“ arose in a local tribe in Vanuatu.
Vanuatu and Prince Philip
The republic of Vanuatu is a country located in Oceania consisting of 82 small volcanic islands. More than 60 are inhabited. The people in Vanuatu live in different tribes and communities on the islands. An interesting coincidence occurred on an island called Tanna in the Yoachnen village.
A legend shared among the Kastom people says that the son of a mountain spirit travelled over the seas to a distant land. There he married a powerful lady and would eventually return to them. This legend started off by a volcanic eruption on that island. The Kastom people believe that the soul of Prince Philip comes from Tanna.
In 1950s Katom people saw the respect given to the Queen by the colonial officials and deducted that her husband must be the son of mountain spirit mentioned in their legends. Ever since then, they praise Prince Philip as a divine being. In 1974 the Royal Family visited Vanuatu without being aware of this cult. A few villagers got to see Prince Philip during their visit.
Eventually, this cult was revealed by John Champion (British resident commissioner in New Hebrides). John Champion suggested Prince Philip to send an official photograph of him to the Kastom people. He did so, and to this day, it is one of the most important religious objects in the village. Few Kastom people got to see Prince Philip in September 2007, while acting in a British reality show called Meet the Natives. The Kastom people regularly celebrate Price Philips birthday by having a big, village-wide party.
The 93 year old Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has a unique position, which no other current monarch has- he is celebrated as a divine being by the Kastom people. But this fact gives no extra credit to Prince Philip. To the British people, he remains the Queens husband whose role is to support her. So far, there have been eight cases in human history where people became involuntary deified and this is one of the most recent and rarest cases.