Decades of gaffes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FEATURE -

At the age of 96, Bri­tain’s Prince Philip is retiring from solo of­fi­cial du­ties. Over the decades he has be­come renowned for his stal­wart sup­port of his wife, Queen El­iz­a­beth II — and his blunt and some­times of­fen­sive re­marks. Here are a few of his mem­o­rable quotes:


“What do you gar­gle with, peb­bles?” — to singer Tom Jones. “I de­clare this thing open, what­ever it is” — on a visit to Canada.


“Oh no, I might catch some ghastly dis­ease” — when asked to stroke a koala in Australia.


“How do you keep the na­tives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” — to a Scot­tish driv­ing in­struc­tor.


“It’s a vast waste of space” — at a re­cep­tion for the open­ing of the new Bri­tish Em­bassy in Ber­lin.


“Do you have a pair of knick­ers made out of this?”— point­ing to a tar­tan and ad­dress­ing Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive leader Annabel Goldie at a pa­pal re­cep­tion in Ed­in­burgh.

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