Throughout his life, Philip had his associations with sports — he and the queen apparently met on a tennis court.
He was a two-term president at the Lord’s Marylebone Cricket Club — commonly referred to as “Lord’s” and regarded as the worldwide “Home of Cricket” — and presented the Lord’s Taverners ECB Trophy until his retirement from public life in 2017.
Philip also played a role in the opening ceremonies of the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.
The Duke of Edinburgh was a mainstay in the sport of polo until 1971 when he had to step away due to arthritis.
He participated in the first Coronation Cup along with teams from the U.S., Argentina and Chile. He helped his Windsor Park team to a Gold Cup title in 1957 and 1966, according to Le Grand Magazine.
According to the BBC, not only was Philip was a top polo player but he also would help deliver the World Cup trophy to the England soccer team when they beat West Germany in 1966.
He was also with officials with Arsenal, of the Premier League, when the club opened Emirates Stadium in 2006.
Premier League players to wear black armbands in tribute to Prince Philip
The Premier League have announced players will wear black armbands and there will be a two-minute silence before top-flight and EFL matches this weekend in tribute to Prince Philip.
The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness. pic.twitter.com/sgKsgcBwFP
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 9, 2021
The EPL will hold a moment of silence before all matches Friday and this weekend.
We have sent our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, following the passing of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
— The FA (@FA) April 9, 2021
The FA has ordered all flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park at half-mast.
Other organizations and individuals throughout the sports world have begun offering their respects to Philip via Social Media:
On behalf of all at The AELTC, we wish to convey our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and The Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) April 9, 2021
The players and staff of Middlesex and Somerset join the umpires and MCC representatives for a two-minute silence, as the flags atop the Pavilion are seen at half-mast. pic.twitter.com/NIZOPICvg3
— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) April 9, 2021
The whole of Formula 1 wishes to pay tribute to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who dedicated his whole life to Great Britain and served his country with pride and devotion. pic.twitter.com/va7tb2UvKj
— F1 Media (@F1Media) April 9, 2021
It was with deep regret that we have learnt today of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 9, 2021
🗣”I would like to express my condolences with the Royal Family.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho interrupted his press conference to pay tribute to Prince Philip, who has died at the age of 99 🙏 pic.twitter.com/hoRyphGMPm
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 9, 2021
Everyone at Manchester United is saddened by the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 9, 2021
Manchester City extends its sincere condolences to the Royal Family following the sad news that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has passed away at the age of 99.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 9, 2021
Everyone at Chelsea FC is saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 9, 2021
As a mark of respect, Liverpool Football Club will mark the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, by flying club flags at half-mast.
May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/AdR6Rv78Sc
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 9, 2021
— Leeds United (@LUFC) April 9, 2021
At the time of his death, Philip’s full title was His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, Knight of the Garter, Knight of the Thistle, Order of Merit, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Australia, Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Privy Counselor.
He was the second person ever to bear the title “Duke of Edinburgh,” the first being his great-great-uncle, Prince Alfred Ernest Albert. His son, Prince Edward, will now assume the title.