Clare Balding reveals Prince Philip was ‘absolutely charming’ when she interviewed him in 2010

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The 50-year-old veteran broadcaster spoke to The Duke of Edinburgh (pictured) in 2010 as part of the Queen's birthday celebrations for the BBC's Trooping the Color broadcast.



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Clare Balding has revealed that she was “put in her shoes” by “the charming” Prince Philip when she interviewed him in 2010.

The 50-year-old veteran broadcaster spoke to the Duke of Edinburgh in 2010 as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations for the BBC’s Trooping the Color broadcast.

Speaking to Ranvir Singh during Lorraine on ITV this morning, Clare paid tribute to the royal, who died last Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, praising his quick wit and knowledge.

Clare Balding revealed she was ‘put in her shoes’ by ‘absolutely charming’ Prince Philip when she interviewed him in 2010 (pictured in interview)

Clare, known for her horse racing coverage, said of the Duke: “I interviewed him for the BBC in 2010.

“Huw Edwards was supposed to do it, but you will recall it was the year of the very, very, close elections and the suspended parliament, so all political journalists had to stay very close to 10 Downing Street, so Huw had to be the.

It was before Trooping the Color and the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

“The pomegranates kept the color and I spoke to the duke about it.

“He was absolutely charming and very straightforward and very professional, until I said something.

The 50-year-old veteran broadcaster spoke to The Duke of Edinburgh (pictured) in 2010 as part of the Queen's birthday celebrations for the BBC's Trooping the Color broadcast.

The 50-year-old veteran broadcaster spoke to The Duke of Edinburgh (pictured) in 2010 as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations for the BBC’s Trooping the Color broadcast.

Speaking to Ranvir Singh during Lorraine on ITV this morning (pictured), Clare paid tribute to the royal, who died last Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, praising his quick wit and knowledge.

Speaking to Ranvir Singh during Lorraine on ITV this morning (pictured), Clare paid tribute to the royal, who died last Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, praising his quick wit and knowledge.

Speaking to Ranvir Singh during Lorraine on ITV this morning (pictured), Clare paid tribute to the royal, who died last Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, praising his quick wit and knowledge.

Can women be grenadier guards?

In 2010, Prince Philip was correct that the Grenadier Guards were all men. However, in December 2020, they welcomed 15 new guards, including the first female Grenadier Guard since the regiment was formed in 1656.

“I was talking about the Grenadier Guards, and I was talking about the way they are and the values ​​they hold and I said ‘the guards or the women’ the same way I say ‘the firefighters’, I always do. that, I say “sportsmen or sportsmen”.

‘And he looked at me and said’ there are no women in the Grenadier Guards’ which is not correct now but was correct then.

‘And I was just like’ yeah, you got put back in your box, know your place Clare ‘.’

Philip, who was an active member of the military until his wife’s accession to the throne in 1952, served as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1975 and told Clare in the interview that the military ” transformed ordinary people into extraordinary people ”.

Clare also discussed the royal family’s love for all things horseback riding.

“The Duke of Edinburgh himself wasn’t crazy about horse racing if I’m being completely honest,” Clare added to Ranvir.

“He obviously came to Royal Ascot every year as part of the Royal Procession and he presented the trophy for some key races including the Queen’s Vase, so the Duke of Edinburgh presented it to the Queen. when his horse Ester won the Queen’s Vase, then won the Gold Cup in subsequent years.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2010

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2010

“He was a very passionate athlete, but much more in the sport of polo and in horse-drawn carriage driving, where he not only participated but also helped create the rules and oversaw the construction of the course at Windsor Great Park.

“He was very keen to open Windsor for a riding club, thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards he really got that message promoted to go out and try new things and take risks.

“He really wanted young people to step out of their own comfort zone, meet other people and volunteer and always look outward,” she added.

Prince Philip and the Queen are pictured in a horse-drawn carriage on the mall during Trooping the Color in 2010

Prince Philip and the Queen are pictured in a horse-drawn carriage on the mall during Trooping the Color in 2010

Prince Philip and the Queen are pictured in a horse-drawn carriage on the mall during Trooping the Color in 2010

“He was always looking outward and I think it’s something that we will really remember as we learn from his life and reflect on his example, I think it’s something that learns from his example. , and I think that’s the strongest message we can get from him, ”.

It comes as it has been revealed that all senior members of the Royal Family will now wear a mourning gown at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday.

In an unprecedented about-face, a last-minute decision, approved by the Queen, was made that no royal family will wear military uniform in order to present a united family front.

Philip was Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1975. He is pictured in uniform with the Queen in 2003

Philip was Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1975. He is pictured in uniform with the Queen in 2003

Prince Philip and Prince Harry are pictured in uniform in 2014

Prince Philip and Prince Harry are pictured in uniform in 2014

Philip was Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1975. He is pictured in uniform with the Queen, on the left in 2003 and on the right in 2014 with Prince Harry

Behind the scenes, courtiers were troubled by fears that Prince Harry, who was forced to relinquish his honorary military titles after acrimoniously stepping down from royal duties and moving to the United States, might be the only senior royal to do not wear the uniform.

Harry, 36, reportedly wanted to wear the Blues and Royals uniform he wore on his wedding day in May 2018.

As a former Captain of the Household Cavalry, however, he is only allowed to wear a costume, with any medals he has received in the line of duty or by the Queen.

By contrast, the Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal were, by convention for a royal funeral ceremony, in full military uniform.

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