Letters patent of the late Prince Philip

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

In the section regarding the title of the Duke of Edinburgh of the College of Arms’ recent release (https://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/news-...), it says “The Duke of Edinburgh was granted the style and title of Royal Highness on 19 November 1947; on the next day, 20 November, he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, of Greenwich in the County of London.”

Additionally, the same section states “His Royal Highness was made a Prince of the United Kingdom by Letters Patent of the present Queen dated 22 February 1957. A declaration of the same date communicated Her Majesty’s will and pleasure that her husband be known as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.”

As such, I would like you to disclose the following information:
a) The said document granting the style and title of Royal Highness upon the late Prince Philip on 19 November 1947 (in whatever form that may be)
b) The Letters Patent dated 20 November 1947 creating the late Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich
c) The Letters Patent issued by the present Queen on 22 February 1957 creating the late Prince Philip a Prince of the United Kingdom
d) The declaration on 22 February 1957 that communicated Her Majesty’s will and pleasure that her husband be known as His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

Yours faithfully,
Vlad

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