Prince Philip is ‘still handsome at 99’ says Gloria Hunniford
The Duke of Edinburgh, currently in hospital as a precaution due to illness, turns 100 in June. He met many people before stepping down from royal duties in 2017, including world leaders, celebrities, military personnel and sports personalities. His final solo public royal engagement involved meeting Royal Marines and then Prime Minister Theresa May thanked the Duke for “a remarkable lifetime of service”.
Comments made by the third oldest royal in history have kept fans and commentators smiling for years – and sometimes raised eyebrows.
In 2015, while showing China’s President Xi Jinping oriental treasures from the Royal Collection, Philip said: “You can’t claim any of them back – we check your luggage before you go.”
At a 2008 Buckingham Palace reception, the Duke was introduced to award-winning actress Cate Blanchett.
Philip mistook the actress for a film technician and asked her: “Do you know how to fix my broken DVD player?
Prince Philip’s quick witted ability to cut to the point is a much-loved characteristic
Prince Philip said: “You can’t claim any of them back – we check your luggage before you go.”
“There’s a cord sticking out of the back and I don’t know where it goes.”
At the Science Museum in 2000, after spotting two robots colliding, Philip said: “They’re not mating, are they?”
After seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park in 1988, Philip said: “It looks like a tart’s bedroom.”
To a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout the Duke said: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”
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The Queen and Philip have been spending the COVID-19 pandemic together at Windsor Castle
About his daughter Princess Anne, Philip commented: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.”
After meeting Gogglebox stars Sandra Martin and Sandy Channer in 2016, Philip said: “Well, I won’t be watching you, that’s for sure!”
In 1960, the Duke told the General Dental Council: “Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, which I’ve practised for many years.”
After the 1969 Royal Variety Show, Philip told singer Tom Jones: “What do you gargle with – pebbles?”
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This week, Philip was sent to King Edward VII’s hospital in central London as a “precautionary measure”.
Sources have said the situation is not related to the coronavirus.
Buckingham Palace previously said the Duke was expected to remain “for a few days of observation and rest”.
The royal’s visit has been described as a non-emergency admission with Philip travelling to the hospital by car.
The Queen and Philip have been spending the COVID-19 pandemic together at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip was sent to King Edward VII’s hospital in central London as a “precautionary measure”
Last month, the pair both received their first coronavirus vaccine doses.
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital in London on Tuesday evening.
“The duke’s admission is a precautionary measure, on the advice of His Royal Highness’s doctor, after feeling unwell.
“The duke is expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest.”