och en gång förra året körde han och drottningen förbi mig i en bentley. Jag vinkade till lite förvånat, sådär som man gör till en fd granne eller kompis mormor och morfar. Han vinkade som en jäkla galning till mig och log stort. Njöt helt klart av sitt ämbete. Drottning Bettan tittade ner.
Jag är inte rojalist, men efter typ 15 år i UK måste jag säga att jag tycker att brittiska kungahuset verkar rätt sköna. Min frissa hade Kate på besök i sitt barns lågstadieskola härom året, hon var astrevlig enligt uppgift. Det samma har jag hört om Charles och Camilla. Så, som en liten blinkning till andra kungahus, som eventuellt kanske kan ha lite att lära om det roliga och ärliga i att våga blomma ut i och lattja med överklassens skamlösa självberättigande, så tar vi här prins Philips bästa kommentarer:
ON STATE VISITS
you still throw spears at each other?' To Aboriginal leader William
Brin during a visit to the Aboriginal Cultural Park in Queensland, 2002.
managed not to get eaten then?' To a British student who was trekking
in Papua New Guinea, during an official visit in 1998.
would like to go to Russia very much — although the bastards murdered
half my family.' In 1967, when asked if he would like to visit the
question!' To a BBC journalist at a banquet at the Elysée Palace in
Paris after she asked the Queen if she was enjoying her stay.
'How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?' To a Scottish driving instructor in 1995.
'Ghastly.' Prince Philip’s opinion of Beijing, during a tour of China in 1986.
it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and
it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a
submarine, the Cantonese will eat it.' To a meeting of the World
Wildlife Fund in 1986.
ON MULTI-CULTURAL BRITAIN
'So who’s on drugs here? He looks as if he’s on drugs.' To a 14-year-old member of a Bangladeshi youth club in 2002.
'Are you all one family?' Said to mixed-race dance troupe Diversity at the 2009 Royal Variety Performance.
'British women can’t cook.' Endearing himself to the Scottish Women’s Institute in 1961.
'Ah, so this is feminist corner then.' To a group of female Labour MPs at a Buckingham Palace drinks party in 2000.
'When a man opens the car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.'
do you gargle with — pebbles?' To Tom Jones, after the Royal Variety
Performance, 1969. He later added: 'It is very difficult at all to see
how it is possible to become immensely valuable by singing what I think
are the most hideous songs.'
it’s you that owns that ghastly car, is it? We often see it when
driving to Windsor Castle.' To near-neighbour Elton John after hearing
that he had sold his Watford FC-themed Aston Martin in 2001.
ON FOOD AND DRINK
me a beer. I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!' On being
offered fine Italian wines by Prime Minister Giuliano Amato at a dinner
in Rome in 2000.
ON CLASS AND MONEY
think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to
marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.' In 2000.
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.' To the
Aircraft Research Association in 2002.
money nowadays seems to be produced with a natural homing instinct for
the Treasury.' Lamenting the rate of British tax in 1963.
ON ART AND FASHION
didn’t design your beard too well, did you? You really must try better
with your beard.' To a young fashion designer at Buckingham Palace in
'It looks like the
kind of thing my daughter would bring back from her school art
lessons.' On seeing an exhibition of 'primitive' Ethiopian art in 1965.
ON THE PRESS
'You have mosquitos. I have the Press.' To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean.