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A Plain Speaking Prince: The Duke Of Edinburgh's Best Blunders

There’s no doubt about Prince Philip’s status as a national treasure, and it could be said that he’s best known and loved for his infamous...

Duke of Edinburgh In Uniform

There’s no doubt about Prince Philip’s status as a national treasure, and it could be said that he’s best known and loved for his infamous gaffes.

As he prepares to make his final solo public appearance, we take a look at the plain speaking prince’s best blunders over the course of his 65-year career as Queen’s consort:

''British women can't cook''

(in Britain in 1966).

''What do you gargle with, pebbles?'' (speaking to singer Tom Jones after the 1969 Royal Variety Performance).

''It looks like a tart's bedroom''

(on seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York's house at Sunninghill Park in 1988)

''Yak, yak, yak; come on get a move on'' (shouted from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994 to the Queen who was chatting to her hosts on the quayside).

Duke of Edinburgh in Naval College

''We didn't have counsellors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, asking 'Are you all right? Are you sure you don't have a ghastly problem?' You just got on with it'' (about the Second World War commenting on modern stress counselling for servicemen in 1995).

''You're too fat to be an astronaut''

(to 13-year-old Andrew Adams who told Philip he wanted to go into space. Salford, 2001).

'I wish he'd turn the microphone off'' (muttered at the Royal Variety Performance as he watched Sir Elton John perform, 2001).

'Do you have a pair of knickers made out of this?'' pointing to some tartan (to Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie at a papal reception in Edinburgh in September 2010).

''Bits are beginning to drop off''

(on approaching his 90th birthday, 2011).

''Just take the f***ing picture'' (losing patience with an RAF photographer at events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain - July 2015).