Prince Philip’s top 20 faux pas will make you laugh out loud! 126



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Prince Philip is known for his unfiltered moments in the spotlight. So to celebrate nearly a century of his uncensored wisdom, here are 20 of His Royal Highness’ best and most outrageous quotes in history.

  • “It is my invariable custom to say something flattering to begin with so that I shall be excused if by any chance I put my foot in it later on.” – Full marks for honesty, from a speech in 1956.
  • “You have mosquitoes. I have the press.” – To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean in 1966.
  • “Holidays are curious things, aren’t they? You send children to school to get them out of your hair. Then they come back and make life difficult for parents. That is why holidays are set they are just about the limit of your endurance.” – At the opening of a school in 2000.
  • “You could do with losing a little bit of weight.” – To hopeful astronaut, 13-year-old Andrew Adams.
  • “And what exotic part of the world do you come from?” – Asked in 1999 of Tory politician Lord Taylor of Warwick, whose parents are Jamaican. He replied: “Birmingham”
  • “The problem with London is the tourists. They cause the congestion. If we could just stop the tourism, we could stop the congestion.” – At the opening of City Hall in 2002.
  • “You ARE a women, aren’t you?” – To a woman in Kenya in 1984, after accepting a gift.
  • “The French don’t know how to cook breakfast”. – After a breakfast of bacon, eggs, smoked salmon, kedgeree, croissants and pain au chocolat – from Gallic chef Regis Crépy – in 2000.
  • “Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which I have practiced for a good many years.” – Address to the General Dental Council, quoted in Time in 1960.
  • “Do people trip over you?” – Meeting a wheelchair-bound nursing-home resident in 2002.
  • “If you stay here much longer, you will go home with slitty eyes.” – To 21-year-old British student Simon Kerby during a visit to China in 1986.
  • “A pissometer?” – The Prince sees, then renames, the Peizometer water gauge demonstrated by Australian farmer Steve Filelti in 2000.
  • “People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.” – in 2000.
  • “I have never been noticeably reticent about talking on subjects about which I know nothing.” – Addressing a group of industrialists in 1961.
  • “It looks as though it was put in by an Indian.” – The Prince’s verdict of a fuse box during a tour of a Scottish factory in August 1999. He later clarified his comment: “I meant to say cowboys. I just got my cowboys and Indians mixed up.
  • “It looks like the kind of thing my daughter would bring back from her school art lessons.” – On being shown “primitive” Ethiopian art in 1965.
  • “Oh no, I might catch some ghastly disease.” – On a visit to Australia in 1992, when asked if he wanted to stroke a koala bear.
  • “Get me a beer. I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!” – On being offered the finest Italian wines by PM Giuliano Amato at a dinner in Rome in 2000.
  • “I thought it was against the law these days for a woman to solicit”. – Said to a woman solicitor.

Which is your favourite quote of Prince Philip’s? Can you think of any others?

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  1. I like all of them. It is too hard to pick a favourite. He would be a fabulous guest to have at a dinner party. He could say whatever he wanted, I am not easily offended. lol

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  2. Oh, for goodness sakes SAS, what a stupid and irrelivant post ! Why not do something about the affairs he had or the fact that it’s costing charities in the UK to purchase tickets for Elizabeths 90th !!!

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  3. Love him or hate him but he is one smart man and an asset to his country!

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    • What is smart about him ??? Oh yes, he married the queen, without her he would have nothing as his family was broke…clever man alright. !!!

  4. I love Philip and his sense of humour – he’s his own man and calls it llike he sees it. Some of his quotes are priceless, couldn’t have been written by the highest paid script writer in the country. He’s been such a dedicated consort to the Queen – she might well have been lost without him. He’s always there, usually just one step behind – but there for her.

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  5. “People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans.” – in 2000.” ………Well, Yes and some married young gilrls more Engllish than they were and in doing so have punched way over their weight.and we know who they are.

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