Prince Philip: Readers share their colorful memories of the Duke of Edinburgh | UK News

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Le prince Philip au lac Virginia Water.  Pic: Jim Gooden


Sky News readers recall their personal encounters with Prince Philip after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99.

They include one person who as a child had chocolate marks on the duke’s pants, another who had her nose tweaked by the royal when she was a baby, and a third who had a chance encounter with the prince while ‘he was driving a horse-drawn carriage.

Read on for some of the best trivia.

Sarah Prince on the chocolate fingerprints on the prince’s pants

She wrote: “Many years ago Prince Philip attended club dinners at the Windsor Rugby Club, of which he was the patron. My late father was a life member of the club.

“At one of the late 1970s dinner parties, being at an age where everything had to be touched, I managed to cover his pants in sticky, chocolatey fingerprints.

“He told my dad that I could pay for the dry cleaning when I was old enough. Indeed, I made a donation to a charity in this regard when I got my first job.

“Some 25 years later, my son had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip at a rugby event in Windsor and took great pleasure in reminding him of my baby’s accident. I don’t know if he really remembered it, but he told my son the chocolate didn’t come out so he had to buy some new pants! ”

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Public reaction to Philip’s death

Tania Messenger on her nose being edited

She wrote: “My grandfather met him several times in the navy and after.

“I also met him with my mother, although I don’t remember because I was just a baby.

“Prince Phillip was visiting Portsmouth with the Queen in July 1980, he stopped to chat with my mother, pulled my blanket up and twisted my nose!

“My mother wrote to her afterwards and got a response. He will always be in our hearts.

“I think of the Queen and the Royal Family today. “

Sandra Stanley says her father, who helped build the Concorde, met her on a royal visit six decades ago

She sent a picture of their meeting, along with the following message:

“Memories of my father, Bernard Hewlett, showing the Duke of Edinburgh around Smith’s Industries in Cheltenham in the 1960s. Dad contributed electronic components to Concorde. “

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Bernard Hewlett shows Prince Philip the Smith industries in Cheltenham in the 1960s. Photo: Sandra Stanley

Jim Gooden recounts his shock during a chance encounter with the Duke at a beauty spot in Surrey

He wrote: “I had the absolute honor of meeting him informally in March 2010, a peaceful Monday morning as I strolled around a desert lake in Virginia Water with South African visitors.

“We were the only ones walking along the narrow path and suddenly in the distance this very British sight of horse and carriage took us a hundred yards.

“I was on camera duty to record memories of my friends’ visit and duly lifted my camera and shot some shots as the car passed (with my friends and I standing in a ditch to allow it) .

“It wasn’t until I lowered the camera as the car came closer to me that my jaw dropped and I realized who the driver really was. In a rather stunned manner, I offered a “Hello, Sir” to Prince Philip, who tilted his head towards me and offered the same greeting in return.

“The moment lasted a few seconds but the memory will stay with me forever. What a lovely man, especially in such a ‘out of service’ environment. “

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Prince Philip was photographed at Virginia Water Lake by Jim Gooden

Jayne Griffiths On The Duke Making A Beeline For His Dad

She wrote: “My parents and I had the pleasure of meeting the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Photographed here aboard the THV Patricia, he was the former master of Trinity House. My father was standing behind him on the left and in command of the ship at the time.

Prince Philip with Jayne Griffiths'  father aboard the THV Patricia.  Pic: Jayne Griffiths
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Prince Philip with Jayne Griffiths’ father aboard the THV Patricia. Pic: Jayne Griffiths

“Many years later we were invited to a Royal Garden party at Buckingham Palace.

“We were not to be introduced to the Duke, but he walked over to my father when he spotted him (totally ignoring the line of people waiting for a formal presentation. His conversation was light and full of thought. ‘humor.

“I will never forget a story my mother told me when she first met the Duke at a cocktail party during Cowes week in the 1980s. He asked her who cut her off. lawn while my dad was at sea for weeks. She replied ‘well I do of course’ before asking him the same question! “

Bob Allan on opening the gates of Buckingham Palace for the Duke as he drove in a taxi

He wrote: “A few years ago I had the privilege of opening the doors, while on duty at Wellington Barracks opposite Buckingham Palace, to His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

“It was when he drove into central London in his private dark green London cab that he owned.

“It was a mid-week afternoon, and we got about 5-10 minutes of notice that it was expected!

“However, he pressed the glass as he was crossing and in his usual way of being blunt, he said ‘thank you very much and have a great afternoon! “”

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Philip’s childhood, finding love and a life of service

Dee Willis recalled the bookies’ jokes with the prince

She wrote: ‘I was on a course to learn how to telex one day when the Queen and Prince Philip were on their way to Sussex Police Headquarters.

“He stopped next to me and said, ‘Do you think I could use this to contact my bookmakers? “. It was a lovely time. I never forgot it. ”

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