He was NOT my favorite Royal. I ONLY became a Monarchist late in life & that solely for MY QUEEN, & my Queen alone. I used to be quite the anti-monarchist in my youth & some traits stayed on.
Philip was OK, but I recall that his less than diplomatic comments mainly to US colored colonials. Watching Netflix’s excellent series ‘The Crown’ reminded me of some more, like making fun of an African tribal king wearing an elaborate crown. And here is a link to some of his non-racial barbs.
Plus, I thought he was supposed to have had a number of affairs while married to the Queen. Now he is being portrayed as this ultra-faithful & dutiful husband. To I he never came across as that.
Given my admiration for the Queen I give him some deference as her husband & consort.
But, he has, until his death, ‘ruled’ my entire life. Hence, why I see it as the end of an era.
I am also now acutely aware that we are all going to wait for that OTHER SHOE to drop. That will not be fun.
He, however, was NOT my least favorite Royal. That, hands down, is Charles. I do NOT like Charles. Period.
Yes, I will grant you that the Queen, when dressed like a rich commoner doesn’t exactly look like the Queen we see (and love) in the media.
But, this was at Balmoral Castle (the Queen’s holiday retreat) and she was KNOWN to be there — and here was an old lady being escorted by a burly, considerably younger man. That should have been a big clue.
The Queen does have a LOVELY sense of humor. WOW. 93-years old.
You have to read the story.
She was being truthful in that she personally had not met the Queen. That is true. She had also, truthfully, admitted that she owns a house close by — though Balmoral Castle is a far cry from a house.
She is quite the Lady. I worry about her … often. What will we do WITHOUT her and she is 93.
I can definitely see the Queen saying that. She is all CLASS and propriety. I also know that she is stoutly loyal and protective of her staff.
What kind of seems incongruous is that of the then 92-year old Queen quietly breezing into the kitchen. Yes, possible but I doubt that it is something she does routinely. Maybe she was checking up on Meghan.
I was not always a monarchists. It took me time to warm up this Queen and once I did there was no stopping I. I have come to realize and appreciate what a TREASURE she is and how lucky we are. My fondness and respect for MY Queen does not extend to all members of the Royal family. I still have a decent and long memory. Some of them were, and possibly still are, twerps. I can see Prince Philip being brusque with the staff. But, luckily, he is not our king.
Anywho, this made my day — if it is true. Wanted to share it with you.
Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Reuters. Google for more.
Range Rover he was driving — on its side after accident.
Wow. This blew my mind. He is 97-years old. That is one heck of an age. Driving … on public roads. That just doesn’t seem right.
What I always say about older drivers. It is not that they can kill themselves. That is OK. It is that they can kill somebody else. We were all LUCKY here. The others young ladies involved in the accident, including a 9-month old baby boy, were not badly hurt. But, they could have been. If they were, or if they were killed, there would have been hell to pay.
Yes, he is essentially ‘King’, but this is also the 21st century. He can’t go around causing mayhem.
I kind of like him. He, of course, is not in the same league as the Queen. Something about him. To I, he comes across as a total toff. But, I don’t dislike him. Find him vaguely amusing. Yes, appreciate that he has done a lot for the Queen and as such for the country and us. So, I am cool with that. This is not about him personally. It is about a 97-year old driving.
I am so glad it ended like it did. It could have been so, so worse.
This year, as had been announced by Buckingham Palace a month ago, Prince Charles, rather than the Queen, laid the first wreath (i.e., the Head of State’s wreath) at the Cenotaph.
The Queen (91) & Prince Philip (91), suitably decked in red poppies, watched from the balcony of the Foreign Office.
Contrary to what you may read or hear (including in the description of the above video) this is NOT the first time that the Queen has not laid the ceremonial wreath. It was the 7th time. TWICE (1959 & 1963) were when she was pregnant and the other four were when she was out of the country on state visits abroad. In 1983, Prince Charles performed the same role as he did today, while the Queen was on an official visit to Kenya.
Also check the BBC for another video plus some gorgeous pictures.
Click image to access the BBC post …
For those unfamiliar with this holiday & tradition please refer to my EARLIER post.
>>>> Search ‘Remembrance Sunday’ for many other posts from prior years.