Today is the official Queen’s Birthday Holiday here in Oz (one reason many Australians are against changing to a Republic is that we would lose an excuse for a long weekend), but as you all know, it isn’t actually her birthday. But it was the birthday of her consort, Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday, when he turned a very respectable 90 years of age.
One of the endearing character traits of the Duke is what are often referred to as his trademark “gaffes”. Of course, these are really not so much “gaffes” as the manifestation of a highly insensitive, non-PC, devil-may-care, and “I’m almost the bloody king, after all, you know” sense of humour. Had he been a touch younger and moved in different crowds, he would have made an excellent addition to the Monty Python crowd.
So, in celebration of his 90th Birthday, the Independent decided to publish 90 of the Duke’s “gaffes” for our enjoyment. Some have been questioned for historical veracity. Just about all of them can be questioned for appropriateness in the given situation. But there is no doubting it: The Duke of Edinburgh is a funny guy!