Prince Philip is 90 next month. To commemorate, the Independent has his 90 best soundbites. Some wonderful extracts:
3. “Deaf? If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf.” Said to a group of deaf children standing near a Caribbean steel drum band in 2000.
5. “You managed not to get eaten then?” To a British student who had trekked in Papua New Guinea, during an official visit in 1998.
7. “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” Asked of a Scottish driving instructor in 1995.
17. “There’s a lot of your family in tonight.” After glancing at business chief Atul Patel’s name badge during a 2009 Buckingham Palace reception for 400 influential British Indians to meet the Royal couple.
20. “Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?” To a wheelchair-bound Susan Edwards, and her guide dog Natalie in 2002.
22. “I would like to go to Russia very much – although the bastards murdered half my family.” In 1967, asked if he would like to visit the Soviet Union.
46. “You have mosquitoes. I have the Press.” To the matron of a hospital in the Caribbean in 1966.
54. “Can you tell the difference between them?” On being told by President Obama that he’d had breakfast with the leaders of the UK, China and Russia.
75. “They’re not mating are they?” Spotting two robots bumping in to one another at the Science Museum in 2000.
He is a national treasure.Tags: Humour, Prince Philip