Tuesday 27 September 2016

Britain's Prince Philip snaps with snapper

Dean Gray in London

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

The Duke of Edinburgh meets veterans and serving RAF personnel during a pre-lunch reception at the RAF Club in central London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Photo: PA
The Duke of Edinburgh meets veterans and serving RAF personnel during a pre-lunch reception at the RAF Club in central London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Photo: PA

Prince Philip, right, lost his patience with a photographer yesterday as he posed with veterans during a ceremony for the 75th anniversary for the Battle of Britain.

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Evidently annoyed at delays, he was caught on camera ordering the photographer to "just take the f***ing picture!"

Earlier in the day he joined other members of the British royal family to watch an RAF fly past over the Mall and Buckingham Palace, in which five Spitfires, two Hurricanes and four Typhoon aircraft took part.

The fly-past was staged in the middle of an enhanced Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace performed by The Queen's Colour Squadron.

The squadron has a dual role carrying out both ceremonial duties and operational commitments as 63 Squadron RAF Regiment.

The enhanced ceremony also involved 10 military standards of Battle of Britain squadrons still serving in the RAF, and featured music from the RAF Central Band and RAF Regiment Band.

A few minutes after the last plane had flown over the palace, The Queen's Colour Squadron performed the rare Feu de Joie, or Fire of Joy - a celebratory cascade of rifle fire given as a salute.

Later, the RAF Club in London's Piccadilly hosted a lunch for the six Battle of Britain veterans and members of the royal party including Prince Philip, William, Sophie and Edward.

Irish Independent

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