The Duke of Edinburgh at 90: Happy Birthday, Sir
As the Duke of Edinburgh turns 90 today, His Grace would like to pay a brief tribute to the man who has been the Queen’s rock throughout her glorious reign. He is the longest-serving consort in English and British history, always content to walk a step or two behind his monarch, ever mindful of his duty to support his wife. History will tell of his sacrificial role in shaping one of the longest and greatest reigns the world has ever seen.
He is, by all accounts, a little gruff in manner and direct in speech. And he is all the more appreciated and loved for that. Even yesterday, contra the PC brigade, he was advocating ageism, arguing that nonagenerians really shouldn’t be leading anything. He belongs to a wonderful generation that understands custom, tradition and statesmanship, and which has a true appreciation of what it is to be ‘great’, a word which is so often now applied to any manner of mediocrity. He doesn’t do ‘spin’ and couldn’t care less about PR, and is all the more refreshing for that.
His Grace has met the Duke of Edinburgh on a number of occasions, and the conversation has always been intelligent and engaging. On culture, he is effusive; on politics, forthright; on religion, intensely interested, even to the extent of steering the discussion towards Zoroastrianism. The Duke of Edinburgh is a national treasure. Today, His Grace would simply like to say ‘Many Happy Returns of the Day, Your Royal Highness’.