Buckingham Palace has that Prince Philip will be retiring from royal engagements later this year.
As one of the hardest working royals, the Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, president, or member of nearly 800 organizations and charities. Prince Philip has spent the last 70 years in royal service and will turn 96 in June. His reign has been defined by his distinctive sense of humor and light-hearted approach to royal duties over the years, and he's renowned for being uninhibited and unafraid to speak his mind.
This has often resulted in amusement from the nation and headlines around the world (and in some cases, stirred outrage too). Even the likes of Elton John, Madonna, and Tom Jones couldn't escape Philip's ever acerbic wit.
Here are some of the Prince Philip's most memorable and hysterical phrases below:
1) "It's difficult to see how it's possible to become immensely valuable by singing what are
2) "What do you gargle with, pebbles?" (to Tom Jones after the Royal Variety Performance in 1969).
3) "Are we going to need ear plugs?" (to Madonna at the Royal World premiere of Die Another Day in 2002 upon hearing that the Queen of Pop was singing the theme, via New York Post).
4) "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?" (to a Scottish driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout, via The Herald).
5) "Your country is one of the most notorious
6) "You're too fat to be an astronaut." (to 13-year-old Andrew Adams who had told Philip that he wanted to go into space in Salford, back in 2001, via MailOnline).
7) "I wish he'd turn the microphone off." (about Sir Elton John's performance at the Royal Variety Performance in 2001).
8) "Just take the f***ing picture." (to an RAF photographer at a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in
9) "Bloody silly fool!" (to a Cambridge University car park attendant when he failed to recognize him upon his arrival in 1997 via Cambridge News).
10) "There's a cord sticking out of the back. Might you tell me where it goes?" (to Cate Blanchett when she told him she worked "in the film industry" at an event at Buckingham Palace in 2008, via the Mirror).
11) "People think there's a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married Americans." (rumored remark about the British class system in 2000).
12) "Yak, yak, yak: come on get a move on." (rumored to have shouted this from the deck of the Britannia to the Queen, who was chatting on the quayside in Belize in 1994, via The Telegraph)
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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