The grand (very) old duke…

He’s 96 to­day and has only just re­tired his bliss­fully gaffe-prone small talk. Happy birth­day, Prince Philip

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - WILDLIFE -

There aren’t many peo­ple who could say they were born seven years be­fore the in­ven­tion of sliced bread, but the Duke of ed­in­burgh, who turns 96 to­day, is one of them. Born with the snappy ti­tle of Prince Philip of Greece and Den­mark, of the house of Sch­leswighol stein-son de rb ur gGlücks burg, he has ac­crued scores of hon­orary ep­i­thets – prob­a­bly none finer than ‘Knight of the Or­der of the ele­phant’.

To most, though, he is af­fec­tion­ately just Phil the Greek, the Queen’s strength and stay for seven decades. and this year, af­ter 22,191 solo en­gage­ments and 5,493 speeches (and roughly as many faux pas), he is fi­nally tak­ing a wellde­served sit down. It’s not a bad in­nings; let’s hope the courtiers can find enough can­dles for the cake. —

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