The Duke of Edinburgh

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by CL1, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  2. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    An extraordinary man. He always took a close, genuine and personal interest in the doings and people of all of the many Service organizations - British and Commonwealth - that he was connected with.

    Was that really nearly 35 years ago ....?


    “Yes Sir, it is a Spitfire; but we’re here to see you.”
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  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    More here about his flying from my de Havilland Heron book

    He was the first Royal to fly on a Commonwealth tour as a pilot



  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Noon 10/4/21
    Gun salutes will take place at 12:00 BST on Saturday to honour the duke. Guns at locations across the UK and in Gibraltar will fire 41 rounds at one round every minute for 40 minutes.
    Royal Navy ships at sea, including HMS Diamond and HMS Montrose, will also fire the salute, a tribute to the duke, who served as a naval officer during World War Two and held, among other titles, the office of Lord High Admiral.

    Prince Philip: What are the plans for his funeral?
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  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  8. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

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  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    The same ~~~~~ who have been vile about him on social media.
    This is the type of idiot you are talking about complaining about the masterchef final being taken off air
    "As a result of the rolling news coverage on Friday, the final of Masterchef, which was due to air at 20:30 BST on BBC One, was not aired."
    Same morons who have been complaining about not being able to go on holiday this year

    Strangely due to his WW2 service and many others you can do these things without having a knock on the door in the middle of the night.

    Anyway moving on

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  10. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    I looked up his war record and it is genuinely impressive. War was the traditional role of the European aristocracy, and Prince Phillip certainly played that role to perfection. When he spoke to and for veterans, he could speak as one of them.
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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Impressive indeed TTH. I believe he served in just about all theatres of war during WW2 and held almost all of the WW2 Stars available, or the additional clasps involved.

    There is a story that more recently (2012) he was advised by the Navy that he did qualify for the Arctic Star Medal. His reply was that he had only been in the area a short while and had not faced any enemy action there, and to be quite honest, he dare not ask his dress officer to re-arrange his medal bar once again.
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  12. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    I think you need to calm down and stop posting when you are in such a tizzy. Grief has addled you.
    I take extreme personal offence the assertion that all who do not share your reverence are 'nonces'

    For non-English readers 'nonce' means a person convicted of child sex offences. See interview with Prince Andrew.
  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Apologies if offended used by me to confirm idiots
    will remove said effing used

    Not grief but do not understand why certain members of society cannot take a few days of Prince Philips coverage due to his death and many decades of service plus support of the Queen.

    I take offence when I cant take offence at the members of society who always take offence and use words to bash the British way of life.
    Its ok for people to say I think the coverage is over the top because it is a member of the Royal Family but if the narrative is in another direction we all get accused of being porcine.
    Great time for me to be booted
    God Save the Queen and rest in peace Prince Philip

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  14. BrianHall1963

    BrianHall1963 Well-Known Member

    Well said could not agree more with above statement
  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Funeral arrangements

    What will happen on the day?
    The duke will have a ceremonial funeral, rather than a state funeral. There is a subtle difference - state funerals are usually reserved for monarchs, although wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill was given a state funeral.

    Coronavirus restrictions on crowds and numbers attending funerals mean the duke's ceremonial funeral will be much lower key than if it had happened in other times - although the Palace says this very much "reflects the duke's wishes" and it will still "celebrate and reflect" a life of service.

    On the day of the funeral, the coffin will be moved from the private chapel to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle. It will be placed on a modified Land Rover, that the duke himself helped design, to be carried the short distance to St George's Chapel.

    Prince Philip: What are the plans for his funeral?
  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron


    She had a long and interesting life.

    B a t t l e H o n o u r s

    BELLEISLE 1761 - HAVANA 1762 - USHANT 1778 - USHANT 1781 - THE SAINTES 1782 - GLORIOUS FIRST OF JUNE 1794 - GROIX 1795 - BASQUE ROADS 1809 - JUTLAND 1916 - NORWAY 1940 - MEDITERRANEAN 1940-43 - MALTA CONVOYS 1941 - MATAPAN 1941 - CRETE 1941 - SICILY 1943 - SALERNO 1943 - SABANG 1944


    HMS Valiant, British battleship, WW2

    HMS Valiant (1914) - Wikipedia
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  17. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    As usual, nuance and balance seems to be entirely lacking within the media coverage; at least this is what I took from a casual viewing of a few minutes of the BBC on Friday....surely, you can both acknowledge the Duke of Edinburgh's long and fruitful life and respect his war time service and, at the same time, heartily dislike the sycophancy of the coverage on TV and in the national press (Ruritania 1721 anyone?).... as it is also ok to live 6 minutes walk from the castle and sorely wish for a future democratically elected head of state... that'll be me. Meanwhile, I hope there is a decent factual documentary about the Prince's life that I could view on iPlayer.

    My "own" royal story - my uncle William, who was a bit of a lad and no lover of deference, served with the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean....and he used to tell us that he was once playing cricket on the deck and he bowled a "bouncer" that hit Philip in the chest - the response was to be called a 'b......d'... an early day Ian Chappell?

    This story might or might not be true.

    Photo, I took from the People's Republic of south Slough this morning.

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  18. smdarby

    smdarby Well-Known Member

    Hopefully we're not getting into political territory here, but I think the BBC was in a no-win situation. On one extreme there are the Royal worshippers who think the world should be forced to stop so everyone can partake in collective grief. On the other extreme there are those who use this situation to bait the first group and score anti-Royal points. Both groups are very vocal. Personally, I thought the BBC coverage went a bit too far. We only get BBC 1 and 2 in the Netherlands and both channels just repeated the same coverage over and over for hours. I did like the feature on his RN service, but having seen it once I didn't need to be shown it multiple times on two different channels.

    I don't know if anyone else noticed, but it was widely reported on Friday that Prince Philip was the youngest Lieutenant in RN history. The following day I saw an interview with a naval historian in Portsmouth who said this was an inaccurate statement as it was impossible to prove.
  19. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    Look up national mourning

    programming gets cancelled and all comedy stops

    think back to when queen mum died and princess diana

    Yes some people don’t like it but bbc is publicly owned and has to obey
  20. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    You are correct

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