Thursday, August 03, 2017
We won't have Phillip to kick around anymore
It seems that, at the ripe old age of 96 the Royal Gaffe Master is retiring from any further public appearances.
Prince Philip, who on Wednesday made his final solo public appearance before retiring from his official duties as the consort of Queen Elizabeth II, recently quipped that he was “the world’s most experienced plaque-unveiler.”Now it is time for Charles to assume the responsibility of putting the royal foot in the royal mouth.
He could be forgiven for finally taking a break.
He is, after all, 96. He and the queen plan to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November. Since she ascended the throne in 1952, according to Buckingham Palace, he has had 22,219 solo engagements, given 5,496 speeches, and written 14 books — among them “Competition Carriage Driving.”
Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has been lauded for his perseverance and unwavering sense of duty, while weathering criticism for being gaffe-prone and blunt. His many defenders say he is merely a product of his generation.
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