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Old 05-18-2011, 03:45 PM
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You know, this is the first time I have ever heard any of the DOE's children describe him as " caring".
Princess Anne and her father have a wonderful relationship. Prince Philip admires her spunk. I read he wish she was his first born and male.
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I wouldn't doubt it, Georgiea. They seem to be like two peas in a pod...
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Princess Anne and her father have a wonderful relationship. Prince Philip admires her spunk. I read he wish she was his first born and male.
When the then Prince Edward dropped out of his Royal Marines training course, according to a broadsheet journalist, Prince Philip reputedly snorted with derision and said that 'his sister would have walked it....'

We have no way of knowing whether such a remark was made of course, but to me it has the ring of truth about it....

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Warm and cuddly he is not...
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:31 AM
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I find it hard to relate to people with a lack of warmth..
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Prince Philip the secret softie: The cuddly side of the Queen's consort | Mail Online
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First meeting: The moment the Queen first set eyes on Prince Philip | Mail Online

Wonder why the Royal Family are suddenly getting everything right? Meet the VERY discreet new power behind the throne | Mail Online
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That photograph really is cute and I agreed with the comment below:

That first picture is so cute, she's very cute, so looking forward to playing but look at her pose her hands, little queen already, I'm sure she was mature beyond her years. I laughed at the Prince Phillip pose though, he looks like he's thinking 'oh great, I have to babysit a little princes, ok ''let's get on with it then''....little did he know on that day that he would become the life companion of one of the most powerful and famous women of our time.
Prince Philip really has done a great job of supporting the Queen all these years. He never complains about his role. I always find it amazing that he's turning 90 and still traveling around the world, without a cane and with a twinkle in his eyes.
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I guess this is to be moved to the birthday thread...

It has all been trial and error... In a revealing interview to mark his 90th birthday, Prince Philip gives a rare glimpse into his life as the Queens leading man | Mail Online
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BBC1 is screening "The Duke at 90" at 9 pm on Thursday 9 June.
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:45 AM
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Prince Phillip at 90 was on ITV about a week ago.
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Prince Phillip at 90 was on ITV about a week ago.
The interview airing this week is not the same one as was on last week, where the Duke was interviewed by Alan Titchmarsh.
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On his childhood, WWII and DOE Award Scheme
I dont try to psychoanalyse myself, he protests in answer to probings about the difficulties of his childhood, when his family escaped from Greece in 1922 (narrowly avoiding an Ottoman firing squad in the Greco-Turkish War), his exiled royal parents separated and, aged ten, he was abandoned to relatives in various parts of Europe. Where was home? Wherever I happened to be, he says, It was no great deal. I just lived my life. The Dukes biographer, Gyles Brandreth, however, is convinced hes covering up. As a boy, Prince Philip lost everybody, and he became very self-reliant. But he wont talk about it and has spent a lifetime blocking it out. He simply says, Whats there to complain about? These things happen.

Among other things that happened to him was serving as a young Royal Navy midshipman on the battleship HMS Valiant in World War II and performing heroically in a running battle with enemy cruisers in 1941. He typically underplays the incident and his part in it, just as, later, he skates over his role in the hugely influential Duke of Edinburghs Award Scheme which, since 1956, has encouraged a spirit of adventure and service in millions of young people. He demurs when asked if he is proud of it, shrugging off such an egocentric word. Ive no reason to be proud. Its satisfying that weve set up a formula that works but I dont run it. Its all fairly second-hand. He didnt even want his name to be attached to it. That was against my better judgement. I tried to avoid it but I was overridden.

On the Queen's accession and his role
The Dukes cousin, Lady Mountbatten, remembers the appalling shock felt by the young couple with two small children as their lives changed overnight. It must have been very difficult for both of them. The Duke was the first of the new queens subjects to kneel before her at her coronation in 1953 and pledge himself her liege man of life and limb who would live and die for her against all manner of folks. For the six decades since he has been her most ardent protector and supporter, keeping that quaintly worded promise to the letter. She, in turn, awarded him place, pre-eminence and precedence next to her. But his life was inevitably curtailed as he gave up the job he adored to be a full-time prince. He wont say how much that hurt at the time and perhaps still does.

His wife had duties to perform, but there is no specified role in our constitution for a consort, so he had none. Its all been trial and error, he says. Moreover, fearing a reprise of the last consort, Prince Albert, who had wielded considerable and possibly undue influence over Queen Victoria, politicians insisted that Philip should be kept out of the loop when it came to matters of government. He was, though, master in his own household, the head of the family. But there was a cloud over that role too when the government decided, with the Queens consent, that their children were not to take his family name of Mountbatten but to be designated Windsors. The Duke is said to have been incandescent with rage, famously fulminating that I am nothing but a bloody amoeba, the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his own children.

On his intellect and openness

His razor-sharp edge had Joanna Lumley on her toes. Its rather like meeting a hawk or an eagle. Theres something absolutely penetrating about the eyes. You feel youre being scanned. You raise your game. You hope hell like you. Hes notoriously tetchy with reporters while also, conversely, acknowledging that communication with the people is an essential part of a modern monarchy. Were not a secret society, he insists in justification of his initiative in 1969 to let the cameras in for the famous and controversial BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary, Royal Family. I dont see why people shouldnt know whats going on. Much better that they should know than speculate, he says pointedly. The media is a professional intruder. You cant complain about it.

He always speaks his mind, says Lady Mountbatten, but people enjoy it. They think how nice it is to hear somebody actually say what they think instead of saying what they think they should say.
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The PM paid tribute to HRH The DoE in Parliament today in the context of his 90th birthday.


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The Duke of Edinburgh is due to take the salute tomorrow at Beating Retreat, Horseguards, London SW1.

I am lucky enough to be going..........with my waterproofs [in case of rain] and travel rug as it is a floodlit performance and is bound to be a bit cold.....

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Prince Philip at 90!

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It's great that Prince Phillip turns 90 and at this venerable age he had the opportunity to see his grandson's wedding,the future Prince of Wales's.He and HM managed to make a really strong couple 4 children,I just hope the next generations will take their example in the married life and will have more than 2 kids
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THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting those links, I thoroughly enjoyed watching both parts and learned a great deal about this gentleman, THANK YOU AGAIN!
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