Prince Philip appointed Canadian admiral

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Britain's Prince Philip has been named an admiral and general in the Canadian Armed Forces for his 90th birthday, Canada's prime minister said Friday.

"I am delighted that His Royal Highness has accepted this honor from Canada in recognition of his significant contribution to our national life," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"His commitment to the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as to many other fields of endeavor in this country, are worthy of our highest recognition and deepest gratitude."

It is the first time that an honorary rank was granted at the highest level of the Canadian military.

The Duke of Edinburgh is currently colonel-in-chief of five Canadian regiments. With the appointments, he becomes an Admiral in Maritime Command and a General in Land Forces Command and Air Command.

Canada, whose head of state Queen Elizabeth II is represented by Governor General David Johnston, is one of 16 Commonwealth nations.

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