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Prince Philip Makes His Last Solo Appearance, After 65 Years in the Public Eye

Offered a gift by a Kenyan woman in 1984, he asked: “You are a woman, aren’t you?”

Asked his opinion of Beijing, while on a tour of China in 1986, his reply was succinct: “Ghastly.”

“How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?” he said to a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, in 1995.

Addressing a group of deaf children standing next to a Caribbean steel drum band in Cardiff, Wales, in 1999, he said, “If you’re near there, no wonder you are deaf.”

His very conspicuous lack of political correctness notwithstanding, on Wednesday he was mostly heaped with praise.

The BBC cited Lady Myra Butter, who, it noted, had known the prince since he was age 8 or 9. “I’m sure that he won’t disappear; he will be greatly missed by everybody,” she said. “He’s been such a stable character in all our lives — he’s always there and he’s always been there for the queen and I think we’re very, very lucky to have him.”

Source: NYT > World

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