phil the greek has passed away – aka the duke of edinburgh

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    mitch
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    not everyones cup of tea but i have to say my favourite royal.

    so sad to hear he has gone after a lifetime of service for his adopted country.

    had the privelage of meeting him a few times when i was in the army and politically correct he wasnt but a funny and knowledgable man he was.

    rip

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    ajn

    I liked the him, thought they were always hoping he’d behave..

    RIP old fella 🌻

    #145077 Reply
    Georgie

    My DH’s uncle was at a fancy function and discovered himself standing next to Prince Phillip in the gents toilet.  Philip indicated the surroundings and said “Makes your dick look shabby, doesn’t it.”

    #145081 Reply
    mitch
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    i think it was 1977 the silver jubilee and the queen and phil were doing the maunday money thing at winchester cathedral and we were streetlining full no 2’s rifles and fixed bayonets etc. as the royal car swept around the bend near me some herbert jumped the railings and went to throw eggs as it turned out at the car, not realising they were just eggs me and a wpc that was nearby leapt on the guy and i stuck the point of the bayonet up his nose and cocked the rifle as if i was about to blow his head off. i think he had an accident.

    no bullets by the way.

    afterwards all the military etc gathered in the green jackets hq further up town to await transport back to our depot and me the wpc and our RSM were taken off to a side room to meet him and get a thankyou.

    his take was that i should have pushed a lot harder and preferably at a different part of his anatomy.

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    joss
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    RIP Phil. God bless.

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    #145112 Reply
    Dave The Welsh

    It makes me laugh really. Everyone is saying what a fantastic man he was and all the good things he did, but all he really did was put public money next to his name for charitable purposes. The only real good thing he was responsible for was making sure Diana, Princess of Leeches was thoroughly dispatched off.

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    Mike 700
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    It makes me laugh really. Everyone is saying what a fantastic man he was and all the good things he did, but all he really did was put public money next to his name for charitable purposes. The only real good thing he was responsible for was making sure Diana, Princess of Leeches was thoroughly dispatched off.

     

    I am not a Royals sycophant, and if I’m honest, lI’m not keen on the attitude some of the firm, and I don’t like Prince Andrew, who thinks that he is a cut above everyone else, and his judgement is clearly suspect.

    I have not really watched any of the Royal weddings on the TV, but I do regularly watch the Trooping of the Colour, and I do firmly believe that we are a very much richer nation for having a Royal Family, and it is clear that the cost of maintaining the Royals , including ‘ the Nation’s’ palaces, is excellent value for money & is one of the best investments the country could make,

    The Royal Family, like most families in this country , is not perfect of course and for clarification, most of their property belongs to the Country, ie ‘us’, they only have use of it, at our discretion, and at least it is preserved for the nation, not sold off cheaply like our gold reserves were or destroyed forever as per ISIS crimes in Iraq.

    As I see it, The Royal Family has become, ‘first & foremost ‘, a ‘commodity’ to be hawked around the globe as a sales tool for GB plc. and to this end, they are a huge , huge success and long may it continue.

    Even the far left countries ( including the Socialist Republic of South Wales where I grew up ) have a hierarchy, albeit they are not called Royals but something else!!) but they are paid for by the state, usually by stealing and stealth, and then salting it away in Switzerland, and most invariably keep the peasants down in the dirt, or even under the dirt?

    Our Royal Family , despite the occasional slip up, is nothing like that , as the power lies with the people **, and they are just figureheads, – they may have been like the others hundreds of years before we were born, but not in our lifetime, so it’s not relevant!

    If they were replaced, there would invariably be a President instead – look at Ireland or Imagine a President like Trump, or God Forbid’, President Corbyn?.

    Each of these would likely cost just as much , if not more, and be nowhere near as effective at attracting people to the UK as the Royal Family – people who spend, spend ,spend!

    ** I jest of course , after the debacles at Westminster for the last couple of years, it is clear that the power lies with a couple of hundred people , not the population

    Prince Harry as an example was , a first rate success – he is a minor Royal who has been elevated to a ‘major’ role in the sales process by marrying someone with history which has created a much bigger interest both home and abroad than marrying some obscure Chelsea bird would have brought?

    Their wedding created a huge Global interest in the U.K., much much more than the alternative would, and the knock on effect to global sales of GB goods and services was huge – just look at the amount of publicity that the U.K. is getting worldwide.

    The amount of business the Royals bring to the UK, albeit perhaps some of it not as obvious as others, helps to top up the Treasury’s finances , and we would be substantially worse off without this business / income generated by the Royal Family.

    So, as some would like, getting rid of them for purely selfish ‘political’ reasons would be shooting ourselves in the foot – in fact both feet, and I’m not having a go at anyone specifically but if anyone out there thinks that there are any political appointees/republicans who could sell this country better than the Royals , “for such a small investment “, then they are completely & utterly deluded.

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    #145125 Reply
    mitch
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    i have watched a lot of the reports from around the world about his death and i have to say i have been struck by how real and considerate the official statements have been. many times when governments and politicians comment on a public figures passing you can tell its just some platitude prepared by some flunky.

    but today particularly from the commonwealth and even america its clear the respect in which he was held.

    #145128 Reply
    Tharg
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    I will confess I am not much of a monarchist. Nevertheless, I understand that the majority in the UK are and they are sad at the death of Philip. Fair enough, However, just how much longer will his passing take over all media? Seems that almost every TV station is full of Phil the Greek items. BBC Breakfast had nothing else but Phil-related pieces, except the weather! Even the BBC website local-news items are only about him. Yes, it is sad that he’s dead. But other things are going on, so please can we try to get back to normal, please.

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    POPS
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    Prince Philip gave support to the Queen for three quarters of a century. He served publicly as an advocate of youth opportunity and development and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind even if some of his ‘off camera’ comments did reveal some old fashioned attitudes. He was a good man who had to live his life in the full glare of publicity.

    1921-2021 is a good long innings and he remained fit and healthy until the last few years. I’m not mourning him, I’m celebrating the fact that someone who has always been there through my 72 years had a good life and is now free from suffering.

    His title of “Duke of Edinburgh” will now pass to his youngest son Prince Edward and it will be in very safe hands.

    RIP Philip.

    #145134 Reply
    Mike 700
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    Agreed Pops, and I can confirm, from personal experience that the D of E award scheme was a massive boost to the youth of South Wales during the 1960’s .

    VW Tiguan SEL in Silver White.

    #145143 Reply
    Georgie

    Did the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme back when I was a Venture Scout – great days.  Looking back, I can hardly believe I used to go Orienteering, Wild Camping, build rope bridges and aerial  walkways.  Never any good at rock-climbing, but I was a dab hand at Archery.

    #145150 Reply
    Daf

    Totally agree with you Tharg, I am not a royalist either.  I must have been elsewhere when the cow-towing and excessive genuflection jabs were being given out. Yes as with most individuals I can empathise with this families loss but as usual the hysterical outpourings of grief are way over the top.

    He had a privileged life and lived to 99 but on the same night that Boris’s botched Brexit has started to unravel the fragile peace in Ireland we have far more important matters to deal with.

     

     

     

    #145152 Reply
    Tharg
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    Thanks, Daf. Glad it’s not just me, then!

    #145165 Reply
    Daf

    Reassured I am in good company Tharg.

    #145203 Reply
    BigDave
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    His title of “Duke of Edinburgh” will now pass to his youngest son Prince Edward and it will be in very safe hands. RIP Philip.

    Actually, Prince Phillip’s title of Duke of Edinburgh has passed to Prince Charles as heir to his father’s titles (due to the way the third incarnation of the title was created under Letters Patent by his late father-in-law, King George VI when Prince Phillip married the then Princess Elizabeth).

    Only when Prince Charles accedes to the throne as King will the current incarnation of the title be returned to the Crown, and the fourth incarnation of the title created to be passed to Prince Edward (the current Earl of Wessex).

    Who will become the new Duke of Edinburgh?

    However, if for some reason Prince Charles does not accede to the throne as King (for example if he dies before the current Queen), then the title Duke of Edinburgh would pass to Prince William as Heir to Prince Charles’s titles.

    Only once Prince William accedes to the throne would the title be returned to the Crown and the fourth incarnation of the title be passed to Prince Edward.

    If for some reason Prince William doesn’t accede to the throne (for example, he dies before both HM Queen relinquishes the throne or dies and Prince Charles doesn’t accede to the throne as King because he dies before the current Queen), then it would pass to Prince George (until his accession to the throne when again the title Duke of Edinburgh would pass to the Crown for the fourth incarnation to take place.

    And so on!

    #145218 Reply
    ajn

    Can’t see anyone in the Royal family ever being as amusing as Prince Philip, I think he kept everyone on edge around him…

    🌻

    #145704 Reply
    Tharg
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    Feeling and opinions about the monarchy aside, I really do like Phil’s hearse based on the Land-Rover Defender pick-up. Bet JLR are regretting dumping their lovely, simple and practical workhorse for a pimped-up tart’s handbag!

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    Mike 700
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    not everyones cup of tea but i have to say my favourite royal. so sad to hear he has gone after a lifetime of service for his adopted country. had the privelage of meeting him a few times when i was in the army and politically correct he wasnt but a funny and knowledgable man he was. rip

    Agreed , not everyone’s cup of tea, nevertheless a great servant of the UK.

    We are all able to freely offer an opinion, and quite rightly so, thanks to people like Prince Philip, who put their lives on the line every day during the war, and since, to ensure this freedom, for the rest of us, and he has spent a lifetime of devotion and duty ,on our behalf!

    He once said “It is a complete misconception that the Monarchy exists in the interest of the Monarch, it doesn’t, it exists in the interest of the people. If at any time a Nation decides that the system is unacceptable then it is up to them to change it!”

    The vast majority of the Nation, support the Monarchy and the brilliant job the Queen and Prince Philip have done in promoting the UK, for us!

     

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