Tuesday 21 November 2017

'You're too fat to be an astronaut' - his best (and worst) gaffes

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin in 2011. Photo: Reuters
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin in 2011. Photo: Reuters

Prince Philip has never been afraid to speak his mind - and this has resulted in headlines around the world, as well as a substantial amount of outrage and laughter. Here are some of his gaffes and funny moments.

* "What do you gargle with, pebbles?" (Speaking to singer Tom Jones after the 1969 Royal Variety Performance)

* "I declare this thing open, whatever it is." (On a visit to Canada in 1969)

* "Yak, yak, yak; come on get a move on." (Shouted from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994 to the Queen who was chatting to her hosts on the quayside)

* "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?" (To a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout)

* "Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf." (To young deaf people in Cardiff, in 1999, referring to a school's steel band)

* "You are a woman, aren't you?" (In Kenya, in 1984, after accepting a small gift from a local woman)

* "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed." (To British students in China, during the 1986 state visit)

* "You're too fat to be an astronaut." (To 13-year-old Andrew Adams who told Philip he wanted to go into space in Salford, 2001)

* "I wish he'd turn the microphone off." (As he watched Elton John perform in 2001)

* "Do you still throw spears at each other?" (In Australia in 2002 talking to a successful aborigine entrepreneur)

* "Do you know they're now producing eating dogs for anorexics?" (To a blind woman outside Exeter Cathedral, in 2002)

* "Do you have a pair of knickers made out of this?" pointing to some tartan (to Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie at a papal reception in Edinburgh in September 2010)

* "If the man had succeeded in abducting Anne, she would have given him a hell of a time while in captivity." (On a gunman who tried to kidnap the Princess Royal in 1974)

* "Where did you get that hat?" (supposedly to the Queen at her coronation) (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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