Island villa

Inside Prince Philip’s birthplace, a Greek royal villa

The villa was built in 1826 by British Commissioner Frederic Adams as a gift for his wife, Nina Palatianou.

A view of Mon Repos.

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Mon Repos became a summer residence for British governors until 1864 when the Ionian Islands became part of Greece and it was gifted to King George I of Greece.

During World War II, the Italian governor of the Ionian Islands resided there.

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A view of the interior of Mon Repos.

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Italy occupied the island of Corfu during World War II.

When Greece abolished its monarchy in 1975, the government and the former royal family fought over ownership of the property.

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Inside My Rest.

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Mon Repos belonged to the government and awarded $7 million to former King Constantine of Greece to compensate him for his lost properties.

The gardens surrounding the house have been transformed into a park with ancient monuments of Corfu and the remains of temples dedicated to the Greek gods.

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Gardens of Mon Repos.

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Mon Repos is located near the old town of Corfu, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The villa features a plaque recognizing it as Philip’s birthplace.

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Birthplace of Prince Philip.

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The plaque reads “Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born here in 1921”.

Philip’s father, Prince Andrew, was the younger brother of King Constantine I of Greece and the grandson of King Christian IX of Denmark. Due to his father’s Greek and Danish roots, Philip was known as Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.