Friday, June 10, 2011

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’.


Anonymous Ed West said...

Well said, your Grace

10 June 2011 at 09:35  
Blogger AncientBriton said...

>>steering the discussion towards Zoroastrianism<<
Would that be towards Freddy Mercury of the other Queen I wonder?

10 June 2011 at 09:39  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Seconded, Your Grace!

When they both went to Glasgow some years ago, I seized what would be my last chance ever to see them again (The first time had been in Harrogate around 1947; another in Jamaica, in the 50's). In Glasgow, Prince Philip worked my side of the crowd, and as he came near I called "God Bless You." He looked up and seemed delighted! So I imagine he'll be even more pleased to see Your Grace's tribute today.

God Bless you both, Your Highness. And Happy Birthday.

10 June 2011 at 09:45  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Well put, Your Grace, a worthy birthday-card for a remarkable man. A very Happy Birthday, Sir, and congratulations on reaching 90 in such fine fettle.

10 June 2011 at 09:53  
Blogger I am Stan said...

Well your Grace,

I`ve never met The Duke, or any Duke, well one but he was an English Bull Terrier, don`t know much about him, (can I say him, dunno!) I doubt he knows anything about me, the Royals may as well be on another planet their way of life being so alien to me.

He`s having a good innings, I`ve seen no harm in him, he wears some cool uniforms and I admire his devotion to Her Maj.

At times he`s made me laugh with his "gaffs" so I shall join with you Your Grace and wish the old fart happy birthday.

10 June 2011 at 10:06  
Blogger Gnostic said...

His Dukishness speaks his mind and gives the PC wallahs regular apoplexies. That's good enough for me. Hope he gets to see a few more birthdays.

10 June 2011 at 11:18  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

Some quotes from a website which I found amusing (yes – I do have a sense of humour):

While visiting the Caribbean:

You have mosquitoes. I have the Press.

Chatting to a Scottish Driving Instructor:

How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?

On receiving a gift in Kenya:

You are a woman, aren’t you?

Talking to students who visited Papua New Guinea:

You managed not to get eaten then?

On a trip to the Cayman Islands:

Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?

Discussing arms control:

A gun is no more dangerous than a cricket bat in the hands of a madman.

Writing the foreword to a book called “If I Were An Animal”:

In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.

On modern society:

Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.

Meeting an Australian Businessman:

Do you still throw spears at each other?

10 June 2011 at 11:23  
Anonymous Tony B said...

Many of those can be dismissed as harmless jokes. the remark about unemployment is disgraceful

10 June 2011 at 11:32  
Blogger Windsor Tripehound said...

... the remark about unemployment is disgraceful ...

Get a life!

W.V. coxinol. Sounds like a cure for a social disease

10 June 2011 at 11:56  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

As Prince Philip is the regular butt of poor-taste jokes on The News Quiz, he must be doing something right. Good for him.

10 June 2011 at 11:57  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Oh come on Tony B lighten up.

His Royal Highness was supporting Marx’s theory of Leisure (Theses on Feuerbach (1845)).

In A Critique of the German Ideology (1846) Marx clearly pointed out how idle the typical German worker was and how he could turn his leisure time over to the art of fishing.

Marx however added, what is today described as the ‘Workers’ Fourth Dimension’, in the Principles of Communism (1847) the fact that it was only the unemployed shepherd class who truly discovered the unique principles of leisure in the metropolitan environment.

In 1848 Marx made a unique statement in The Communist Manifesto: ‘It is the class right of the leisured to make hay whilst meditating on the science of gastronomy.’ That was considered, at the time, by the famous Prof Hans Litterbuch as revolutionary.

But the public had to wait until 1859 when a Preface to Contribution to critique of political economy within which Marx laid down the essential advantages of leisure compared to work in the capitalist market.

And as you very well know in Critique of the Gotha Program (1875) Marx and Engles outlined the scientific framework that must be adopted for leisure to be fully enjoyed by the unemployed on a daily basis – by excluding the employed.

10 June 2011 at 12:34  
Blogger len said...

The Duke is a true character amongst the faceless,oh so P C politicians .

May he have many more birthdays.

10 June 2011 at 12:41  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Oh, yes; of course: Critique of the Gotha Program (1875). Funny how easily we forget that...

10 June 2011 at 12:52  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Mr Anabaptist at least you will recall Marx’s summing up of his life’s work:

‘Schrieb ich Müll.’

(p.45 On Louis Braumirre (Schrwiber Edition))

10 June 2011 at 13:09  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

The Duck of Edinburgh is okay.

10 June 2011 at 13:27  
Anonymous Dreadnaught said...

How did he manage an heir and two spares that turned out not so much like their father but more like The Three Stoogies - Anne I think carries more of her fathers genetic legacy than the three of them put together.

I like the old bugger even if he is an immigrant Greek. Add my name to the card YG.

10 June 2011 at 13:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good egg wot ??

10 June 2011 at 13:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Humorous Poem on Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to coincide with his Ninetieth Birthday

A list of consorts of our English Queens and Kings
Is not without some losers, even royal marriages bring:
Catherine of Braganza brought us "time for tea",
But Charles II, though kind, she was the last to see.
Anne of Cleves did not last long in Henry’s bed
But friendly, plain and wise, she kept her head.

But there are royal Consorts, whom history cannot forget
A list of darlings, whose charms a Monarch fed.
There’s Catherine of Valois whom Henry wooed
Whose hand and ‘bilbow’ a soldier’s love pursued.
Anne Boleyn may have lost her head
But still stands tall, her influence never dead.
Katharine Parr, risked a serious mortal date
But won a crown, a love, and mocked cruel Fate.
Beloved Albert, untarnished Prince of Arts
Founded buildings (albeit in the posher parts).
Queen Alexandra, the patient angel-Dane
Was definitely the glory of the Edwardian Reign.
Elizabeth, the wartime Queen of London’s Blitz
Parades forever, in umbrella and Forties fits.

The question is: will Philip, still in horse and trap,
Half Admiral of the Fleet, half cheeky chap,
True to his name in Greek, and to his status,
Join the list of Consorts, ever to entertain us.
He may, indeed, as half a royal team,
Solid underneath, “My Rock”, according to the Queen.

But surely history still half laughing, readily admits
He is the King of Quips - and Slips.

10 June 2011 at 14:10  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

Despite being a republican I have a sneaking regard for the non PC Phil the Greek. He must be very disappointed at how the boys turned out, one a bumbling homeopath and the other a ne'er-do-well in the Mark Thatcher mould. I blame the mother!

Princess Anne is a chip of the old block but without the devilment that Phil demonstrates; his “gaffs” far from being naive comments always seem like he is lobbing one across the bows just to see what the reaction will be.

Happy birthday.

10 June 2011 at 14:23  
Anonymous Dreadnaught said...

McGonnigle lives!

10 June 2011 at 14:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The titles of the works and years of publication you cite by Marx are correct; you have completely made up all those remarks and attributed them to the great man. ‘Schrieb ich Müll’ means ‘I wrote garbage’. Marx never said that. And he never wrote a work entitled ‘On Louis Braumirre’.

10 June 2011 at 15:18  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Shut your big fat gob.

10 June 2011 at 15:24  
Anonymous Kelso North Carolina said...

People tend to forget the Duke was a Naval Officer, and by all accounts, a good one, during the war. So his plain-speaking and sense of duty is natural to him. He is himself with no airs or fancies. I think he's more of a regular fellow than most people imagine. Happy Birthday Admiral!

10 June 2011 at 15:40  
Blogger Priest's Housekeeper said...

Great post Your Grace. A fitting tribute to this wonderful man.

10 June 2011 at 15:43  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

If he upsets the brown tongues, he will do for me!

10 June 2011 at 16:07  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

I wonder if he claims the old age pension, free bus travel, free TV license and gets help with his electricity bills?

10 June 2011 at 16:35  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

oh ... and not forgetting free dentistry and prescriptions and assistance with his community charges.

10 June 2011 at 16:36  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I've met him a few times too but through the RAF. He's better behaved in uniform. Can't help liking the old goat. Same with Anne who seems to have a similar humour and a similar lack of diplomacy at times.

10 June 2011 at 16:47  
Blogger Chaconia said...

I normally find the D of E's tendency to speak his mind refreshing, but I must say I was disappointed with the interview he gave to Fiona Bruce in which I think he was extremely rude to her, especially when he told her that she would not know what it was like to have a profession. See also Such an attitude shows a degree of arrogance and lack of compassion which only serves to diminish him. Fiona Bruce handled the interview superbly and in a truly professional manner.

10 June 2011 at 16:50  
Anonymous non mouse said...

HRH is 90 years old. That makes most people children, in comparison. And the younger of those are ignorant children a who have no idea of the worlds that very extraordinary lifetime has spanned.

If those children can't find anything appreciative to say on his birthday card, perhaps they shouldn't sign it.

10 June 2011 at 17:08  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

^ As usual

10 June 2011 at 17:16  
Anonymous Tony B said...

Singh, I can't work out if you are a fine satirical comic, or just a toss-pot.

10 June 2011 at 17:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The former, Tony B.

10 June 2011 at 19:05  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Prince Philip has said nowt, ever, that was not the truth; at least, that is, not 'in public'. Good luck to the grand old chap, and damanation to his detractors!

10 June 2011 at 19:43  
Anonymous Tony B said...

From what I saw of the Fiona Bruce interview, he came across as arrogant and high-handed.

10 June 2011 at 21:02  
Blogger Ariadne said...

Most of us ♥ the Duke of Edinburgh. I ♥ him. May he have many Happy Returns - at least as many as the late Queen Mother.

10 June 2011 at 21:07  
Anonymous Anglica said...

From what I saw of the Prince Philip interview, Fiona Bruce (who she?) came across as arrogant, high-handed, patronising, stupid, PC, and everything a good interviewer isn't. He's not "green" so she demands "Why not!" Silly green cow.

10 June 2011 at 22:47  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Oh yes ,a fine upstanding bilderburger,and along with his mate prince bernhardt set up wwf,that fine organisation that trains terrorists on the ten% of the worlds surface that it controls,all strategically overlooking sensitive political flashpoints,the animals are just a front for his wealthy friends to shoot as trophies,and the wwf organisation was set up by a high ranking MI6 operative,involving most of the intelligence agencies of the western spy circles,stockholm syndrome anyone?

11 June 2011 at 08:26  
Blogger Ariadne said...

Englishman, are you sure he was involved with that Nazi?

Courageous service in WWII: "Of course, His Royal Highness served this country long before his royal duties began. The Duke of Edinburgh spent 14 years on active service in the Royal Navy. During the Second World War he served with the Mediterranean and Pacific fleets. He was awarded the Greek war cross of valour and was mentioned in dispatches when he manned the searchlights during HMS Valiant’s triumph at the battle of Cape Matapan. In a fitting tribute to his outstanding abilities, the late Lord Lewin, the First Sea Lord, said he would most certainly have gone right to the top of the Navy."

Conservative Home, quoting speech in the House of Commons.

11 June 2011 at 10:15  
Blogger Mr Dodo said...

Will he get a special card from the Queen when he turns 100?

What's wrong with hugging bunnies?

11 June 2011 at 12:43  
Anonymous iain said...

Poor Bruce was flummoxed when the interview didnt go the way she wanted...totally stumped when her inane questions werent indulged.
I thought the Prince was splendid throughout.

11 June 2011 at 17:54  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Ariadne,as he was co-founder he must have been,incidentally his wife together with the jew rothschild control 80% of the worlds uranium ,hardly the shining examples that they both purport to be,in fact the whole family are staunch bilderburgers/pilgrims,as aesop says,we imprison the petty criminal,the big ones we elect to high office.

12 June 2011 at 14:02  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Ariadne,lost the link,but have found it again,lest any-one thinks that i am having a flight of fancy, The institute for the study of globalisation and covert politics,will tell you everything you need to know about this scum.

12 June 2011 at 14:16  
Blogger Ariadne said...

Englishman, Wiki is not a good source and how do you suppose I interpret "the jew rothschild"?

I don't believe in either conspiracy "theories" nor do I have time for the fraudulent Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.

EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism.

The only thing I find remotely credible in the whole Bilderberg swamp is that the very short-term pope of a few decades ago (John?) might very well have been murdered.

While the Netherlands Nazi might well have been doing vile things in WWII you can hardly say the Duke of Edinburgh was with him.

12 June 2011 at 21:03  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

Did you not read about the 1001 club,there were articles from private eye in the eighties,if you will not read about the cross fertilisation of the worlds criminal elites,le circle,pilgrims,club of rome,the 300,because they are hosted by wiki,how can you form any opinion that is not subject to the elites dis-information,no-one is untainted ,but to take no position assures the elites complete victoy.

13 June 2011 at 08:19  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Tony B at 10 June 2011 17:33

‘Singh, I can't work out if you are a fine satirical comic, or just a toss-pot.’

It’s because you lack knowledge to form sound judgment.

A little more reading would not only stand you in good stead but would also permit you to discern when another poster is playing games with you.

13 June 2011 at 08:43  
Blogger Ariadne said...

Englishman, I read masses of that stuff years ago in numerous sources.

The problem is that it shades into such nonsense as a Jewish cabal ruling the world from another planet. And UFOs.

Behold a Stale Horse

It seems to me that the best thing we non-elites can do is agitate until we come out of the EU.

13 June 2011 at 10:10  

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