On the 10th of June the world wished a very important HRH a very Happy Birthday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the loyal companion to her Majesty the Queen turned 90!
The Duke of Edinburgh is loved by many people around the world. He has been an active member of the Royal Family and is the Patron of over 800 charities. Though most say his charm sparks from his gift of saying the most inappropriate of things at the most inappropriate of times! If you haven't yet been privy to the great gaffes of the man of the hour you are doing yourself a disservice. The dry commentary provided at many a royal visit by the Prince will lighten any dreary day. A few recent articles will kick you off, this timeline in the UK Telegraph, or these 90 Gaffes for 90 years in the UK Daily Mirror.
It posed a question for the Queen however.......
What does one get one's husband for his birthday?
Why a new title of course!
The Queen made Prince Philip Lord High Admiral - the titular head of the British Royal Navy - partly in recognition of the promising seafaring career he gave up to spend a lifetime at her side. (A nice touch I thought!)
Adament a big fuss would not be made the Duke spent his birthday 'like any other day' hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for The Royal Institute for Deaf People. The Royal Family attended a private thanksgiving service on Sunday in honour of the occasion at Windsor castle (see below).
The Duke told the BBC is a new interview with him to honour the occasion-
"I reckon I've done my bit. 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,". I must say I'm not convinced I think we'll still have a lot more smashing lines from the plain speaking Duke for many more years to come. (And after that the baton passes to Harry!)I must admit to being a great admirer of the Duke and would like to wish him many happy returns. Just think in 10 years time he can get a letter from the Queen!
Check out these video's on the life of the Duke. PURE. GOLD.
Of a Royal Nature xx