‘Typical Prince Philip’: Standard readers share hilarious memories of the Duke of Edinburgh

Lizzie Edmonds
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<p>Prince Philip passed away on Friday aged 99.</p> (S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Archive)

Prince Philip passed away on Friday aged 99.

(S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Archive)

Evening Standard readers have been sharing their fondest memories of the Duke of Edinburgh, who has passed away aged 99.

Some have been remembering his dedication to the royal family, while others remarked on his sense of humour and “outrageous comments”.

Writing on Facebook Jackie Ryan said that years ago her father-in-law was cut up by a car going around Buckingham Palace.

“He shouted out a few choice words to the culprit, turned out to be Prince Philip who as he passed in his car stuck his two fingers up to my father in law,” she said.

“Love it typical Prince Philip.”

Andy Allbut-King said he was told off by Prince Philip’s security guards for taking a picture of the duke at a garden party.

“He (Prince Philip) just smiled at me, wagged his finger and then said take another one if you want,” said Mr Allbut-King.

“Great guy. Rest in Peace Your Royal Highness and God bless.”

Jill Harris, remembered his dedication to service - and in particular the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

She wrote: “At the 60th anniversary of the DofE programme in 2016, he walked around the gardens of Buckingham Palace talking to groups from all over the country for over 3 hours in the heat. He was 95 at the time. Amazing.”

Meanwhile Jim Williams wrote about a visit he made to London school Alleyns in the sixties.

“HRH planted a ceremonial oak tree at Alleyns school in 1969. The twiglet tree was stolen that very night. Good day though....he was full of smiles. RIP Sir.”

Prince Philip shocked and sometimes delighted the public with his outspoken remarks and clangers.

His reputation for plain speaking often led to controversy, but he was once branded a “national treasure” by the press for his inability to curb his off-the-cuff remarks.

The duke often claimed he was misunderstood.

Rodney Fennings wrote: “He was a great guy with a tremendous sense of humour who supported the Queen selflessly. A man who was not frightened to say it the way that it was to the embarrassment of many. You deserve a rest. RIP”

Some remembered when the duke was filmed telling a photographer to hurry up and get on with his job at an event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Footage of Philip losing his temper with the photographer has gone viral in wake of his death.

Wendy Dellicott-Smith wrote: “’Just hurry up and take the fu**ing photograph.’ The Duke said it as it was. RIP.”

Prince Philip, was married to the Queen for 73 years and was Britain’s longest serving consort.

Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday at midday that the duke “passed away peacefully” at Windsor Castle.

A statement from the palace read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

Prince Philip spent almost a month in hospital earlier this year and underwent surgery for a pre-existing heart condition.

He spent his final days with his wife by his side and a small group of palace staff.

World leaders and famous figures including Boris Johnson, President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, led tributes to the Prince yesterday.

To post your memories of Prince Philip go to the Standard’s Facebook page here.

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