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Old 06-25-2014, 03:50 PM
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Ah OK, thanks for the corrections. I got confused since it was mentioned in an article about Monday's visit.
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My favorite quote of the Duke is one he adamantly insists he never said, to a group of students in Cardiff about 15 years ago "Deaf? No wonder you're deaf standing so close to that racket (or row)". In a 2004 interview with Gyles Brandreth for a book he wrote on the Duke and Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip said the story was invented by the press, that his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg was severely deaf (from birth) and that he wouldn't say such an insensitive thing. So it makes one wonder if some of these quotes are inventions of the press. Also his mother was quite a woman as well; a nun living at a monastery in Greece when the Nazis invaded in 1940 or 1941. Supposedly a high-ranking German general came to ask her as a courtesy (since she descended from Princes and Princesses of Battenberg), if there was anything she needed. "You can take your troops out of my country" she replied. Now we know where Philip gets his mouth from.
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My favorite quote of the Duke is one he adamantly insists he never said, to a group of students in Cardiff about 15 years ago "Deaf? No wonder you're deaf standing so close to that racket (or row)". In a 2004 interview with Gyles Brandreth for a book he wrote on the Duke and Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip said the story was invented by the press, that his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg was severely deaf (from birth) and that he wouldn't say such an insensitive thing. So it makes one wonder if some of these quotes are inventions of the press. Also his mother was quite a woman as well; a nun living at a monastery in Greece when the Nazis invaded in 1940 or 1941. Supposedly a high-ranking German general came to ask her as a courtesy (since she descended from Princes and Princesses of Battenberg), if there was anything she needed. "You can take your troops out of my country" she replied. Now we know where Philip gets his mouth from.
What interesting stories, both of them!
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:08 PM
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Old 02-27-2015, 04:33 PM
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I have always loved Prince Phillips jokes, I love to see that he retains a sense of humour in a difficult role as husband of the Queen.
After all there are a lot of people who have publicly said far worse than he has in an attempt at humour.
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I grew up around maternal influences that lived through the great depression,world wars, changes in civil rights issues, big changes in America. I have read some of the comments Duke Edingburg made about seemingly racial things. I have had some paternal influences with a largely bigoted opinions based on what society accepted in their time, about women as well. You learn your place in their lives in a way of life they know, you cherish the time spent as they age and long after they are gone you cry, you remember when you had different opinions and when you defended minorities of their day in your time. The way they are, never, ever changes. You change, you grow up, you move on, they never really left their day. When someone such as Duke Edingburg cracks a joke, you understand, you either crack a smile or you don't but you understand he's from a different time and he is in your day now sharing his day. I have heard so much bigoted stuff in my life, I know my place and am not oppressed for knowing it, that'll never change. You learn to overlook some things other people say and enjoy the non prejudice we all have now. It is a choice to enjoy it or not.
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I am always amazed how people throw out the term political correctness to justify rude and offensive behavior and the belief that people are overreacting to things.

Whats so wrong with not wanting to be called an offensive name and not wanting others to be called likewise names? I think thats called treating people with the same respect that you would like to be afforded.

I am not going to comment on Prince Phillip's words, I think they speak for themselves.

apologies for the quote but I needed to refer to it to aid my thought process. My reply isn't directed at you. I am just a bare few years close to 40. I can appreciate Duke Edingburg jokes because, I didn't get to see those days I always heard about in those decades. Those times dearest to my elders, also,who worked very hard to help bring us all the times we have now. It's a glimpse into the past that brings the generations of today to come to realize how far we have all come in society to today. The jokes bridge the gap of time between the seasoned while the youth does as it always has, gets confused, questions and almost gets cantankerous, giving the aged a way to see just how far they helped everyone to come today while they reminisce. Nothing wrong with that.
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