11/06/2011

The 90-year-old Formerly Known As Prince Philip

The 90-year-old Formerly Known As Prince PhilipBritain's Queen Elizabeth awarded her husband Prince Philip a new title as a 90th birthday present.

I think that's a very cruel 90th birthday present. At that age, his name was one of the few things he could still remember.

Yes, the plain-speaking Prince has made it to 90 and he said that he plans on doing less from now on... and the Royal PR people breathe a sigh of relief.

I'll miss the stories in the news of Philip being casually racist when meeting the common folk. I think we're all impressed that he made it through Obama's visit without trying a fist-bump or making a fried chicken reference.

In an interview with the BBC, he said: "I reckon I've done my bit so I want to enjoy myself a bit now, with less responsibility, less frantic rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say."

It was the things he thought of saying that got him in trouble. He once told British students in China: "If you stay here much longer, you'll be slitty-eyed".

In his defence, maybe he meant it like, "If you watch too much TV you'll go square-eyed, but they all have widescreen here."

And he also asked Aborigines in Australia if they still threw spears at each other.

In his defence... nope, I can't think of anyway of spinning that.

To mark the occasion of his birthday, his wife conferred the office of Lord High Admiral, the head of the Royal Navy, to Philip.

I hope it's just a fancy title and it doesn't really mean he's in charge of our Navy. We'd be one call centre conversation away from invading India.

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