….”Prince Philip 95, to retire from royal duties”…
SOMETHING ABOUT…“so often at Her Majesty’s side, the Duke of Edinburgh has carried out 22,191 solo engagements since 1952.”
Imagine being in such a spotlight since 1952! Indeed there have been many moments of amusement & perhaps ‘we are not amused’ in the course of living the ‘royal duties’ life.
Here for some lighthearted amusement, a glimpse at some of the more famous “comments & clangers”….
“I declare this thing open, whatever it is.” (on a visit to Canada in 1969)
“If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an airplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.” (at a 1986 World Wildlife Fund meeting)
“It looks like a tart’s bedroom.” (on seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park in 1988)
“Yak, yak, yak; come on, get a move on.” (shouted from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994 to the Queen, who was chatting to her hosts on the quayside)
“If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.” (on the Princess Royal)
“If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.” (to British students in China, during the 1986 state visit)
“When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”(on marriage)
“Where did you get that hat?” (supposedly to the Queen at her coronation)
Cheers to a cooperative spirit filled grateful Thursday that sings—thanks be & smiles—coupled with enthusiasm!