Prince Philip’s most memorable – and often controversial – comments as The Queen announces his death

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The Queen’s husband Prince Philip had died at the age of 99.

The Royal Family announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh today with an emotional statement on Twitter.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss. Further announcements will be made in due course.”

Along with a strong sense of duty to his Queen and country, Prince Philip was also known for his non-PC comments when accompanying the Queen on visits around the globe.

And as tributes pour in following his death, we take a look back at some of his most memorable comments.

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The Duke of Edinburgh spoke about his daughter Princess Anne’s passion for horses after she competed as an equestrian athlete in the 1976 Olympics.

Speaking about his only daughter, he said: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested," according to The Sun.


Prince Philip told the Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was dressed in traditional robes, in 2003: “You look like you’re ready for bed.”

In need of a tipple

In 2002 Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on a visit to Italy where they met the Italian premier Giuliano Amato.

After a long day on the tour, he said: “I don't care what kind it is, just get me a beer.”

Matching pants

Prince Philip accompanied the Queen in meeting the former Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie in 2007.

He said: “That's a nice tie… Do you have any knickers in that material?”


Prince Philip accompanied the Queen on a state visit to Australia in 2002.

The Queen’s late husband asked an aboriginal cultural park owner: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

The park owner replied: “No, we don’t do that anymore.”

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Prince Philip candidly commented on Concorde which flew over Buckingham Palace in June 2002 as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations before it was decommissioned.

"I must be the only person in Britain glad to see the back of that plane," he said.


Prince Philip spotted council worker Hannah Jackson, 25, during a trip to Bromley, south London, in 2012.

The Duke of Edinburgh turned to the policeman and gestured to the young woman who was wearing a red fitted peplum dress with a gold zip down the front.

Prince Philip said: “I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress.”

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