Thursday, 4 May 2017

Never noticeably reticent

Quite the totty when he was young; not so much now...

So His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Grand Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knight of the Order of Australia, Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand, Extra Companion of the Queen's Service Order, Royal Chief of the Order of Logohu, Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Canadian Forces Decoration, Lord of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom - or, as we prefer to call him, "Phil the Greek" - has finally decided to announce his retirement at the venerable age of 95!

We should reflect on some of his more - ahem - famous quotes:
"Constitutionally I don't exist."

"We don't come to Canada for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves."

"When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife."

"Books are certainly old fashioned, but only people with a very limited perception are silly enough to condemn ideas because of their age. It is, of course, equally silly to condemn the new-fangled simply because it is strange, and I am full of admiration for the technologists who have developed all sorts of gadgets for the purpose of improving communications. However, I believe that all these fascinating machines are complementary to, and not substitutes for, books and the printed word."

“I’d like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family.”

"If that man had succeeded in abducting Anne, she would have given him a hell of a time while in captivity."

"It is an old cliche to say that the future is in the hands of the young."

"The man who invented the red carpet needed his head examined."

"I have never been noticeably reticent about talking on subjects about which I know nothing."

"I declare this thing open, whatever it is."
And, as a well-wisher recently said “I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down,” Philip shot back: “Well I can’t stand up much longer."

By way of a tribute to the longest-serving Royal Consort this country has ever had, we should all purchase a copy of this little-known compilation album by Phil and the Royals, and put him back at the top of the charts where he belongs!

Prince Philip's announcement on the BBC


  1. "Nice enough fellow, but suffers from chronic foot-in-mouth."

    Announcing a recall of all staff for an emergency meeting was, I suspect,a clever ploy to take the heat off poor Mrs May.But didn't journalists all over the place run around in a tizzy!

    1. Oh, no - "The Firm" never does anything to benefit a mere politician, my dear. They will have planned this one as a taster for when Her Maj makes a similar announcement I expect... Jx


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