Prince Philip Gaffes

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Well he got at least one thing right:

30 To the Aircraft Research Association in 2002: “If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort – provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.”
 

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I feel sorry for the guy. Sure he hasn't had to worry about income but everything he does or says gets reportedand hard for him to duck down to grab a coffee and read the paper.

Lucky for us, our gaffs go unnoticed. :D


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I have it on good authority that his personal protection person used to light the barbie up at Balmoral when they were on their simmer hols, and then the PPO would go and nip behind the tree to make themselves scarce for when the family turned up and Prince P would do the cooking.
 

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The duke is 93 now and I'm sure he will make few more gaffes before long. And media will be quick to report. Maybe his personality comes from his Greek and Russian ancestry. Still, to me, a likable old chap.
 
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Sorry, but I reckon a 94 year old decorated serviceman has every right to get a little touchy. I'll bet the old fighter pilots weren't the slightest bit fazed.

I'm only 68 and I get a little touchy at times.

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I suppose HM would know the geezer better...but she wouldn't tell us, would she.
 

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Sorry, but I reckon a 94 year old decorated serviceman has every right to get a little touchy. I'll bet the old fighter pilots weren't the slightest bit fazed.

I'm only 68 and I get a little touchy at times.

JB

They were having a laugh. Not sure how Prince Phillip received his decorations though...
 

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Not sure how Prince Phillip received his decorations though...

This might help. Quite impressive for an ex-salt like myself.

Prince Philip left Gordonstoun in1939 and joined the Royal Navy as a Cadet.
He completed his initial training atRNC Dartmouth, where he was awarded the King's Dirk and a prize as the bestCadet of his entry.
In 1940, he joined the battleshipHMS RAMILLIES in Colombo as a Midshipman and spent the following six months inthe Indian Ocean.
In January 1941 he joined thebattleship HMS VALIANT in Alexandria. During the night action off Cape Matapan,he was in charge of VALIANT's searchlight control, for which he was mentionedin despatches.
Having qualified for promotion toSub-Lieutenant, he returned home and, after taking a series of technicalcourses, was appointed to the destroyer HMS WALLACE based at Rosyth for convoyescort duties on the east coast.
He was promoted to Lieutenant on 16July 1942 and in October he was appointed First Lieutenant (second in command)of WALLACE at the unusually early age of 21. In July 1943, WALLACE took part inthe Allied landings on Sicily.
After further courses, he wasappointed as First Lieutenant of the new Fleet Destroyer HMS WHELP, which wasthen being built on the Tyne.
After commissioning, WHELP firstjoined the 27th Destroyer Flotilla and sailed for the Indian Ocean to join theBritish Pacific Fleet.
WHELP was present in Tokyo Bay whenthe Japanese signed the surrender. After the Japanese surrender, Prince Philipserved continuously onboard WHELP throughout the following months. WHELPreturned home in January 1946.
After instructing in the PettyOfficers' School and attending the Naval Staff College at Greenwich, he wasappointed First Lieutenant of HMS CHEQUERS in 1949. CHEQUERS was Leader of theFirst Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean Fleet.
He was promoted toLieutenant-Commander in 1950 and then appointed in command of the Frigate HMSMAGPIE.
In 1952 he was promoted toCommander, but his naval career came to an end on the death of hisfather-in-law, King George VI.
 

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The Duke is a world treasure. Australia is fortunate to have had him serve our country without payment. Long live the Duke!
 

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I agree, he is a world treasure. I quite like him and his gaffes, just like my grand papa would have done. (he was a pommie serviceman as well, it entitled him to some comments others would not be allowed)

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I honestly wouldn't call that an outburst (In fact that particular expletive forms more of my vocabulary than it perhaps should :p) but then again, I'm not the Daily Mail.
 

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The Duke is a world treasure. Australia is fortunate to have had him serve our country without payment. Long live the Duke!

Not exactly. Every time him and Lizzie and their extended family come on official visits to visit the colonies, we pick up the bill. When Prince Harry came for his last month of holiday... sorry military service in Australia, Australian government picked up his tab.
 
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