Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Consort of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth, announced yesterday he is retiring from performing royal duties. He is only 95.
He showed he has a sense of humor by dubbing himself “the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler.”
He’s made infamous off-the-cuff comments over the years, and it’s not clear when he was joking and when he was not.
What's he about to say next?
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To a child visiting a space shuttle: “Well, you'll never fly in it, you're too fat to be an astronaut.”
To a disabled man on a scooter: “How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?”
To the president of Nigeria in traditional robes: “You look like you’re ready for bed.”
To Australian Aborigines: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”
I won’t print what he said about Chinese, because I actually found it offensive. And I can’t print what he said about the Russians. But he could always have some secretary issue a royal apology.
So he had a good run. He did a lot of ceremonial things and met a lot of people. And he couldn’t get fired for what he said.