Prince Philip: 70 life snippets of the Duke of Edinburgh | Royal | News

Prince Philip has visited more than 170 countries and made more than 5,000 speeches. 

The people of the village of Younanen, on the island of Tanna off the coast of Vanuatu, worship Philip as a god. They pray to him daily, asking for his blessing on banana and yam crops. His retirement came as a blow. 

He has carried out 22,000 solo engagements. 

He calls himself “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler”. 

On another occasion he remarked: “If you ever see a man opening a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” It is a favoured joke. 


The Duke of Edinburgh bows out of official duties

At Windsor he replanted the Great Park, stocked it with more deer and turned a disused wartime airstrip into the Guards Polo Club. 

He was patron of more than 800 charities. 

He played a key part in establishing the World Wildlife Fund. 

The National Playing Fields Association’s income trebled when he became its head. 

The Prince first met the Queen in 1934 when he was 14 and she was eight at the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece to the Duke of Kent. The couple are fourth cousins and like the Queen he is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria. They married on November 20, 1947. 

He launched the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 1956. 

The scheme now operates in 140 countries and territories, with more than 2.4 million recipients in the UK alone. 

He is the longest-serving consort in British history.

He is famous for his gaffes. He once asked a Scottish driving instructor how he “keeps the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test”. 

Philip also told some British students in China that if they stayed there “much longer” they’d “all be slitty-eyed”. 


Prince Philip entertaining the Obamas at a state banquet in 2011

He once asked an Australian Aborigine if they still “throw spears at each other”.

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