Prince Philip (pictured at the Epsom Derby in 2009) has, with appropriate self-deprecation, invented a chat for his acclaimed addiction of ‘putting one’s bottom into one’s mouth’
Millions of words may accept been accounting about his accommodation life, but a new book by adept Royal-watcher IAN LLOYD unearths nuggets about the man who, with appropriate self-deprecation, has alike invented a chat for his acclaimed addiction of ‘putting one’s bottom into one’s mouth’…
1 Mon Repos was the Corfu alcazar where, on June 10, 1921, Angel Alice, 36, had her fifth child. Her doctor anticipation it added expedient for her to accord bearing on the dining allowance table rather than in her bed.
2 His mother’s adolescence appellation for him was ‘Bubbikins’.
3 He’s Queen Victoria’s oldest actual great-great-grandchild.
4 Thirty years ago, he said: ‘I’m not actually absorbed in what goes on my tombstone.’
5 Watching the Queen Mother in her centenary year, he declared: ‘God, I don’t appetite to alive to be 100. I can’t brainstorm annihilation worse.’
6 He has declared his ‘dontopedalogy’ as ‘the science of aperture your aperture and putting your bottom in it’.
7 Already asked which country he’d still like to visit, he replied: ‘Russia – although the bastards murdered bisected my family.’
8 His benevolent grandmother was Tsar Nicholas I’s granddaughter. In 1993, a claret sample from Philip accustomed scientists to analyze the DNA of basic anticipation to be from the administrative ancestors murdered in Yekaterinburg in 1918 with active relatives. They accepted their fate at the easily of a Bolshevik battlefront squad.
9 An aunt, Angel George of Greece, accurate a annual of her accommodating extramarital animal ally in abstruse memoirs, The Men I Accept Loved. She believed the afterpiece the clitoris to the vagina, the added adventitious a woman has of accomplishing an acme – and had her own clitoris surgically confused in that direction. It didn’t work.
10 Philip’s mother adapted to the Greek Orthodox Church but suffered delusions, cerebration she was in a animal accord with Jesus and that she had a active photo from him.
11 The aboriginal time Elizabeth, again eight, and Philip, 13, saw anniversary added was at the bells of her uncle, the Duke of Kent, to Philip’s accessory Angel Marina of Greece, on November 29, 1934.
12 In a assembly of Macbeth at his school, Gordonstoun, Philip played Donalbain, son of the about-to-be-murdered King Duncan.
13 His sister Cecile, her bedmate and their two sons were dead in an air blast in 1937. She was eight months abundant and rescuers begin charcoal of a stillborn adolescent in the wreckage. For years afterwards, Philip agitated a baby allotment of the damaged aircraft.
14 At Cecile’s burial in Germany, Philip’s three brothers-in-law, all German aristocrats, absolved alongside him – one was in his abounding SS compatible while addition was dressed as a Nazi stormtrooper.
Elizabeth and Philip talking in the Royal Box at Olympia in London in 1952, the year afore she was crowned
15 Hitler and his Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, beatific belletrist of accord while Luftwaffe administrator Hermann Goering marched in the burial procession.
16 Philip signs himself with the Greek ‘P’.
17 He abutting the battleship HMS Valiant in January 1941, allowance accompany troops to bolster the British Expeditionary Force in Greece.
18 He manned the searchlights, anecdotic adversary targets. He afterwards recalled one affecting battle, saying: ‘All hell bankrupt loose.’
19 His war annual was adored with the 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; Burma Star; Italy Star with Mention in Dispatches; Cross of Valour; Croix de Guerre.
20 In her annual of his life, his accessory Queen Alexandra of Yugoslavia wrote: ‘Blondes, brunettes, and redhead charmers, Philip gallantly and I anticipate actually deservedly squired them all.’
21 As a 22-year-old argosy hero, he about absent a watershed moment – actuality bedfast to bed with flu – but rallied to acclamation as Elizabeth, 17, performed in a ancestors assuming of Aladdin at Windsor Castle on December 18, 1943. She played the role of Aladdin, dressed in a absolute costume.
22 Their aboriginal memorable affair had been at the Royal Argosy College in Dartmouth in 1939 back the visiting 13-year-old angel couldn’t booty her eyes off the blond, able-bodied cadet.
23 A year later, the captain of his ship, HMS Ramillies, acclaimed that Philip told him: ‘My Uncle Dickie [Mountbatten] has account for me; he thinks I could ally Angel Elizabeth.’
24 That Christmas, Philip beatific Elizabeth a Christmas agenda from Athens.
25 Their assurance was appear on July 9, 1947. He’d asked her ten months beforehand at Balmoral. According to his cousin, Elizabeth said it happened ‘beside some well-loved loch, the white clouds sailing aerial and a curlew arrant out of sight’.
26 ‘They were blood-soaked to him,’ recalled Earl Mountbatten’s son-in-law John Brabourne. ‘They didn’t like him, they didn’t assurance him and it showed.’ The ‘him’ was Philip. The ‘them’ were chief associates and the Royals’ aloof friends.
27 Three analytical lords – Salisbury, Eldon and Stanley – ‘professed to see in him a Teutonic strain’, and one alleged him ‘Charlie Kraut’.
28 The King’s abettor clandestine secretary, Sir Edward Ford, said some wondered if ‘this asperous architecture would amusement the Angel with the acuteness she deserves?’ In truth, the actuality that Philip didn’t amusement her with ‘the acuteness she deserves’ was a affection that admiring her to him.
Prince Philip (left) in apparel for a assembly of ‘Macbeth’ at his academy Gordonstoun in Scotland in July 1935
29 The King’s clandestine secretary, Tommy Lascelles, said both the King and Queen ‘felt he was rough, ill-tempered, benighted and would allegedly not be faithful’.
30 Elizabeth’s mother wrote belletrist to accompany waxing agreeable about her daughter’s intended, but to Lascelles she said: ‘One can alone adjure that she has fabricated the appropriate decision. I anticipate she has – but he is blooming as yet.’
31 Vehemently anti-German, accepting absent a brother during the Aboriginal World War, the Queen Mother was said, years later, in private, to accept dubbed her son-in-law ‘the Hun’ and believed he ran the Royal estates ‘like a Junker’ – associates of the landed dignity in Prussia.
32 Elizabeth’s accessory Margaret Elphinstone acclaimed that abounding of Philip’s critics in Royal circles anticipation he was ‘a adopted alien out for the goodies’.
33 However, George VI grew to adore his approaching son- in-law. ‘I like Philip,’ he wrote to his mother Queen Mary in 1944. ‘He is intelligent, has a acceptable faculty of humour and thinks about things in the appropriate way.’
34 Philip brash the couple’s platinum assurance ring, featuring 11 chunk from his mother’s adornment which had to be calm from a coffer in Paris area they had been stored afterwards her brainy collapse.
35 He gave up smoker at his wife’s appeal and never relapsed.
36 Philip’s official stag night was at London’s Dorchester Hotel, fabricated up of admiral from HMS Whelp. A about abstaining benedict larboard at 12.15am, saying: ‘Sorry I charge go. I accept an aboriginal morning date!’
37 Churchill alleged the wedding, on November 20, 1947, ‘a beam of colour on the adamantine alley we accept to travel’. Mindful of the post-war austerity, George VI agreed there would be no souvenirs or stands and decorations forth the advance route.
38 However, the Tory baby-kisser ‘Chips’ Channon wrote in his diary: ‘Someone in the Government allegedly brash simplicity, misjudging the English adulation of beam and show. Now it is too backward and an befalling missed.’
39 Philip wore his argosy compatible with the stars of the Adjustment of the Garter and the Greek Adjustment of the Redeemer.
Each accompaniment feast abode ambience has three glasses – for red and white wines and champagne. Philip additionally has a aerialist for his Double Architecture beer (pictured)
40 Breakfast was coffee and acknowledgment – topped up with a gin and analeptic to abiding his nerves.
41 Absent were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, 11 years afterwards his abdication, and Philip’s three sisters – cold-shouldered by the Palace because of their German connections.
42 ‘They absent terribly,’ recalled their accessory Lady Pamela Hicks. ‘It’s not as if they were stormtroopers!’
43 The ‘austerity’ bells breakfast consisted of fish, partridges attempt on Royal estates and ice cream.
44 The block was four-tiered, 9ft alpine and advised 500 lb.
45 Among 2,583 presents were 16 pairs of cottony stockings and added than 100 nylons, a butt exhaustion cleaner from Hoover Ltd, an automated potato-peeler and a Siamese kitten.
46 For their amusement night at Broadlands (Mountbatten’s Hampshire mansion), the housekeeper, Mrs Monks, ‘smoothed the anemic blush crepe-de-chine bedding and two pillow cases appliqued with a white glassy blade motif’ at atomic 20 times.
47 In 1946, a 25-year-old Philip met his backward father’s mistress, the French extra Comtesse Andree de la Bigne, at a bistro in Monte Carlo. Although she was not mentioned in his will, Philip’s mother attentive gave her his car and any backing she wanted, which Philip abiding over cocktails.
48 Prince Charles was asked in a 1969 BBC account whether his authoritarian ancestor had told him ‘to sit bottomward and shut up’. Charles replied: ‘The accomplished time, yes,’ afore adding: ‘I anticipate he has had actually a able access on me, decidedly in my adolescent days.’
49 Back asked by Gyles Brandreth about his similarities with his earlier son, Philip interjected: ‘Yes, but with one abundant difference. He’s a adventurous and I’m a pragmatist. That agency we do see things differently…’
50 Afterwards comments that both stood with their easily abaft their backs, as if it were some abiogenetic trait, Charles joked: ‘We both accept the aforementioned tailor… He makes the sleeves so tight, we can’t get our easily out in front.’
51 The Duke has been a constant applesauce fan, and is decidedly addicted of Duke Ellington.
52 The Thursday Club was an all-male account cafeteria accumulation founded by Philip and others at Wheeler’s restaurant in London’s Soho. Acclaimed guests included amateur David Niven, and Kim Philby afore he was outed as a Soviet spy. One member, Philip’s accessory David Milford Haven, awash his adventure of the Royal Bells to a newspaper, and clubbers alleged him ‘C*** of the Week’.
53 The club captivated a black-tie stag do bristles canicule afore the official one. They dined on foie gras, turtle soup, alloyed barbecue and crepes suzette.
54 The Queen seems to accept advantaged Philip’s charge for a lads-only break, allegedly apropos to the Thursday aggregation as ‘Philip’s funny friends!’
55 Sunninghill Park, abutting Ascot racecourse, was due to be the Royal couple’s aboriginal home, but it was destroyed by blaze while actuality adapted in 1947. So they switched to Windlesham Moor in Surrey. The dog-loving brace donated the Siamese cat, accustomed as a bells present, to the cook.
The Duke of Edinburgh jumping off the baptize skis as he alcove the beach at Marmaris in Turkey during the Mediterranean Fleet’s summer cruise – Prince Philip’s aftermost cruise in H.M.S. Magpie afore he alternate to the United Kingdom in 1951
56 Asked in 1971 by his biographer Basil Boothroyd if he saw his own ancestry advancing out in his children, Philip joked: ‘Yes, all the affliction parts.’ He gave three examples of why Charles was agnate to the Queen. Daughter Anne, he felt, had abundant of his own ‘abrupt artlessness and practicality’.
57 George VI’s death, in the words of one biographer, apparent Philip’s ‘near-extinction as an alone beneath the cutting built-in millstone’.
58 Whenever he met the Queen Mother during the 50 years of her widowhood, Philip consistently kissed her on both cheeks, kissed her duke and again bowed.
59 Philip devised his own colour arrangement for Buckingham Palace – an official accouter in aphotic green. ‘Edinburgh green’ was additionally his colour of best for his cars. In 1954 he bought an Aston Martin Lagonda 3l drophead coupé with bodywork in Edinburgh blooming and dove-grey covering upholstery.
60 Biographer Graham Turner was told by a courtier that ‘all the girls in his appointment accept to be 36-24-36’. Addition domiciliary affiliate recalled: ‘If an adorable babe comes into a allowance or there’s a decidedly appealing babe cutting article arresting in a line-up, he’ll say “Mm!” actual appreciatively – admitting not in a way that makes you feel embarrassment for the Queen.’
61 ‘As far as I’m concerned,’ he told Jeremy Paxman in 2006, about wailing, ‘every time I allocution to a woman, they say I’ve been to bed with her – as if they had no say in the matter… I’m blood-soaked flattered at my age that some babe is absorbed in me. It’s actually cuckoo!’
62 Throughout her aboriginal bristles years on the throne, the Queen approved to acquisition a acceptable appellation for Philip. In May 1954 she wrote to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, adulatory that her bedmate should accept the appellation Prince of the Commonwealth. Churchill anticipation animating Albert’s appellation of Prince Consort would be added absorbing and articulate out all Commonwealth prime ministers. Every one but Canada’s PM accurate the idea. However, Philip aborted it, cogent the Queen he didn’t appetite to change his title.
63 Anniversary accompaniment feast abode ambience has three glasses – for red and white wines and champagne. Philip additionally has a aerialist for his Double Architecture beer.
64 He additionally enjoys his own ‘Prince Philip Martini’. The compound is: applique bottle with vermouth by active a allotment of auto and a baby bulk of vermouth in ice, again auctioning the liquid. Add a amateur admeasurement of gin to some ice. Leave for ten account to chill. Pour the liquid, not ice, into the glass.
65 During a small-business altercation about the adversity of accepting affluent in Britain, Philip commented: ‘What about Tom Jones? He’s fabricated a amateur and he’s a blood-soaked abominable singer.’
66 In 1969, at the end of a Royal Variety Performance, he told Tom Jones his songs were ‘hideous’, followed up with: ‘What do you irrigate with? Pebbles?’
67 The London Palladium was the venue, in 1947, for his first, and Elizabeth’s third, Royal Variety Performance. Top of the bill were Laurel and Hardy authoritative a attenuate UK appearance.
68 Since its inception, about seven amateur adolescent bodies in the UK accept taken allotment in the Duke of Edinburgh accolade scheme. But Philip didn’t appetite it alleged afterwards him. ‘That was carefully adjoin my bigger judgment. I approved to abstain it but I was eventually overridden.’
69 He’s acclimated Hawes & Curtis as his tailor, bought shirts from Harrods, shoes from Lobb of St James’s Street and hats from Lock & Co. His socks were a independent architecture alleged ‘Tenover’ patented by a folio to George VI.
70 Later, he added Johns & Pegg, makers of suits, blazers and sports coats, to his list, as able-bodied as addition Savile Row tailor, John Kent.
71 North of the border, he acclimated Kinloch Anderson for kilts and annihilation abroad tartan.
72 While abounding aristocrats abrasion handkerchiefs draped from their top pocket, his is ramrod-straight across.
73 He banned his assay of newspapers to an ‘occasional glance’ at broadsheets, but has said: ‘The Queen reads every blood-soaked cardboard she can lay her easily on.’
74 Accepting claimed his angle on balladry are ‘conservative’, he already argued adjoin agreeable artist T. S. Eliot to allege at a appointment because he was ‘deep, but narrow’.
75 Invited by the Oxford Union to booty allotment in a agitation on the monarchy, he jokily replied that ‘members of the Royal Ancestors are accepted to burden from practising chargeless accent on affairs about termed political’.
76 The amateur Matt Smith, who played him in The Crown, told how a acquaintance was at a banquet affair abounding by Philip, who was asked if he’d watched the Netflix series. The archetypal ducal antiphon was: ‘Don’t be ridiculous!’
77 The Royals had a appropriate of veto over the 1969 TV documentary Royal Family. It was anesthetized in its entirety, admitting Philip was anxious about a arena area a cord on Charles’s cello airtight and stung his adolescent brother Edward in the face, authoritative him cry.
78 His aboriginal accurate car blast occurred in March 1942. On bank leave, age-old 20, he was branch home afterwards a night out in London with his accessory David Milford Haven back their Vauxhall hit a cartage island at 4.30am and was accounting off.
79 Visiting Magdalen College, Oxford, the Queen and Duke were accustomed a cafeteria of venison. Afterwards, apparent the college’s acclaimed deer park, Philip quipped: ‘How abounding of those buggers did you accept to annihilate for lunch?’ On actuality told the meat was from Kent, he joked: ‘Well, don’t acquaint Charles. Because he brand to buy local.’
80 In 1991 he was accustomed ascendancy of a apish amplitude abridged at Nasa’s HQ in Houston. His verdict: ‘It was like a blood-soaked abundant automated copulator.’
81 As admiral of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee from 1952 to 1999, he helped with the heptagonal 50p bread – and allegedly had apropos about the sexlessness of Britannia, absent a fuller-figured anatomy ‘in the appropriate accommodation that fills the robes’.
82 Surprisingly for a adamant man, he’s accommodating to apologise if in the wrong. Accepting let rip at the Keeper of the Privy Purse in 1970, calling him ‘a asinine little Whitehall twit’, he again wrote him a two-page letter adage he didn’t apperceive what had got into him.
83 In the after-effects of Mountbatten’s annihilation in 1979, he wrote a ‘long and lyrical’ letter to his accessory Patricia Brabourne, who was afflicted and had absent a 14-year-old accompanying son in the IRA atrociousness and was clumsy to appear the funeral. Philip wrote her ‘a clear description of the break and how anybody present had acquainted – absolutely what a afflicted mother bare to hear’.
84 Charles’s authorised biography, by Jonathan Dimbleby, appropriate Philip added or beneath commandeered him into proposing to Diana Spencer. ‘An action from the Duke of Edinburgh had a able if not absolute appulse on the Prince of Wales,’ he wrote. Charles ‘interpreted his father’s attitude as an ultimatum’. This was acknowledged by one of Philip’s relatives, who batten of ‘a admiring ancestor giving actual alive advice’.
85 Philip wrote a alternation of belletrist to Diana over the summer months of 1992. It was appropriate he acclimated the words ‘harlot’ and ‘trollop’. In truth, Diana showed them to her acquaintance Rosa Monckton, who said: ‘His belletrist were understanding, admiring and thoughtful. He absolutely did not use the words harlot and trollop.’
86 Diana alleged the Duke ‘Dearest Pa’, signing her belletrist to him with ‘Fondest love’. Philip had said he was acquisitive to ‘do my absolute to advice you and Charles to the best of my ability’, adding: ‘I accept no talents as a alliance counsellor!!!’ She responded: ‘You are actual bashful about your alliance advice abilities and I disagree with you! This aftermost letter of castigation showed abundant compassionate and tact.’
87 As for the Duchess of York, the abominable toe-sucking photo, assuming her topless with her ‘financial adviser’, led Philip to a two-decade abstention tactic. She said: ‘As anon as I came in through one aperture he’d be falling over the corgis to get out of the other.’
88 His 11,000-plus books accommodate kitchen abstract by Elizabeth David, the Roux brothers and Antonio Carluccio’s book on mushrooms.
89 He’s asperse to added than 20 people. Among them are Angel Margareta of Romania, who, in her 20s, had a five-year accord with the approaching Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
90 Addition godson, Philip Howard-Johnston, set up a used-car close in Edinburgh.
91 His aftermost godchild is his aboriginal accessory three times removed, three-year-old Inigo Hooper.
92 Among his abutment for an all-embracing accumulation of organisations and patronages, he’s a activity affiliate of Accrington Camera Club and an honorary affiliate of the Concrete Society (qualifying him for a chargeless archetype of Concrete magazine).
93 His absorption in the abstruse – in accurate UFOs – dates from the alpha of the Queen’s reign. He was a approved subscriber to Aerial Saucer Review.
94 One access for his absorption in UFOs was his equerry, Sir Peter Horsley, whom he asked to chase up any aboveboard letters of sightings.
95 He has sat for a admirable absolute of 220 portraits.
96 He gave 5,496 speeches amid the Queen’s accretion in 1952 and his retirement in 2017.
97 He gave up aerial in 1997 age-old 76, accepting completed 5,986 hours of aerial time.
98 The Duke was not afflicted with claims that those who annihilation meat accept a greater moral ascendancy than those who booty allotment in claret sports, saying: ‘I don’t anticipate a prostitute is added moral than a wife, but they are accomplishing the aforementioned thing.’
99 He agitated out 22,219 abandoned engagements amid 1952 and his retirement in 2017.
100 Philip appear in 2016 that he hadn’t had flu for the accomplished 40 years.
© Ian Lloyd, 2021
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