Prince Philip’s humour saves ‘his grace’

Official portrait of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh taken in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace in December 2011 © Royal Household/John Swannell

In the 65 years since he married Queen Elizabeth II, consort Prince Philip has built a reputation for his caustic wit and politically incorrect gaffes.

And he has hit on one of each in the space of a week:

At the end of last week, he endeared himself to every spouse by berating an award-winning silversmith over the time-consuming problem of the jewellery clasp. You know – Queen comes in wearing full evening ball gown, as you do… “Those infernal clasps are absolutely impossible. You fiddle with them for hours, then they suddenly come undone and they fall on the floor but you have no idea why”…. Continue reading