Prince Philip: Britain’s most outrageous royal

At 95, Prince Philip should probably be permitted to say what he thinks. It is, after all, one of the few 1perks of old age.


But since he joined the British Royal Family in 1947, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has been making inappropriate comments that show a tendency to stereotype different nationalities.

For over half a century, he has shocked, offended and embarrassed, but also caused a certain amount of laughter. The ill-considered remarks that have 2rolled off his royal tongue have made the 3headlines again and again.


The Queen and Prince Philip marry in 1947

Now, as he 4retires from public life, some – perhaps even his wife – will 5breath a sigh of relief while others will miss the colorful observations that brought an element of the unexpected to otherwise ordinary and rather boring events.

As Prince Philip said as he 6performed his last inauguration: “I must be the world’s most experienced plaque 7unveiler.” Who could 8blame him for wanting to 9liven things up?

Here are some 10howlers from the Prince of 11Political Incorrectness:

  • “How do you 12keep the natives off the 13booze long enough to get them through the test?” Prince Philip asked a driving instructor during a visit to Scotland in 1995.
  • “Everybody was saying we must have more 14leisure. Now they are 15complaining they are 16unemployed,” he observed during Britain’s 1981 economic crisis.
  • “British women can’t cook!” he pronounced in 1961 to a group of British Women’s Institute ladies who famously love to cook.
  • At an inauguration ceremony in Canada in 1969, he said, “I declare this thing open, 17whatever it is.”
  • After listening to music from a brass band in Wales in 1999, he told a group of 18deaf people, “Deaf? If you are near that, no wonder you’re deaf!”
  • “You look like you’re ready for bed!” he told the President of Nigeria who was wearing national dress in 2003.
  • “You are a woman, aren’t you?” he asked a local Kenyan lady who presented him with a small 19gift in 1984.



outrageous: escandaloso

1perks: ventaja

2to roll off someone’s tongue: salir volando de la lengua

3headline: titular

4to retire from: retirarse de

5breath a sigh of relief: respirar aliviado

6to perform: realizar

7unveiler: una persona quien revela

8to blame: culpar

9to liven things up: animar la cosa

10howler: metedura de pata

11political incorrectness: incorrección política

12to keep off: mantenerse apartado de

13booze: bebida

14leisure: ocio

15to complain: quejarse

16unemployed: parado

17whatever it is: lo que sea

18deaf: sordo

19gift: regalo


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