Queen Elizabeth paid tribute to husband, Prince Philip, in her Christmas message. She praised his ‘support and unique sense of humour’. He has always been known as the backbone of Queen Elizabeth.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been at the Queen’s side throughout her 65 years of service on the throne.
He has regularly grabbed the headlines with his off-colour comments. Philip retired from regular royal and public duties over the summer. But, has continued to make occasional appearances. The most recent one was when he was seen walking to the Christmas Eve church service.
Her Majesty also talked about the importance of home in her message, and the sense of community in London and Manchester.
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The speech read as:
“We think of our home as a place of warmth, familiarity and love. There is indeed a timeless simplicity to the pull of home. This Christmas, I think of London and Manchester, whose powerful identities were shone through over the past 12 months in the face of appalling attacks”.
Its rarely seen that Queen Elizabeth is talking about her Husband, Philip.
On their golden wedding anniversary in the year 1997, Her Majesty revealed, he never took the compliments easily, but had been her ‘strength and stood by her all these years’.
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Philip, who has already carried out more than 22,000 solo engagements, developed a reputation for his comments.
This also included his remark about “slitty eyes” on a visit to China in the 1980’s.
In the following decade, he also said: “Aren’t most of you descended from the pirates”? This, he said to an islander in the Cayman Islands. He also asked a driving instructor in Scotland: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass these tests”?