Prince Philip woke up in a ‘cold sweat’ over his ‘lame’ toast to Nixon at the White House in 1969

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“Dear Mr. President,” begins his handwritten letter.  “I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated your overwhelming kindness and hospitality at the White House.  I was quite overwhelmed by the guests but delighted to meet such a distinguished company.



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The way Prince Philip with words could sometimes make him his own worst critic.

And after a dinner in 1969 with President Nixon, a speech he allegedly forgot even caused him to lose sleep.

Philip, who died last week at the age of 99, was Washington’s toast when he was celebrated at an official White House party on November 4 during Nixon’s first term.

But when he left DC, he woke up in a “cold sweat” because he thought his toast was “lame,” according to recently discovered letters from the Richard Nixon Foundation and the Presidential Library and Richard Nixon Museum. .

They were released ahead of Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Philip attended the dinner solo and mingled with a crowd of American dignitaries. Nixon, a known royal fan, met the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier in the year.

Prince Philip woke up in a ‘cold sweat’ and profusely apologized to President Nixon for his ‘lame’ toast at a 1969 White House dinner, resurfaced letters reveal

“Dear Mr. President,” begins his handwritten letter.  “I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated your overwhelming kindness and hospitality at the White House.  I was quite overwhelmed by the guests but delighted to meet such a distinguished company.

“After the outburst of the other speakers and yourself, I'm afraid my contribution was very lame and that night I woke up in a cold sweat when I realized I forgot to propose your health!  “I humbly apologize,” he said.

“After the outburst of the other speakers and yourself, I'm afraid my contribution was very lame and that night I woke up in a cold sweat when I realized I forgot to propose your health!  “I humbly apologize,” he said.

“Dear Mr. President,” begins his handwritten letter. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated your overwhelming kindness and hospitality at the White House. I was quite overwhelmed by the guests but delighted to meet such a distinguished company.

A long list of over 100 notables, including Bob Hope, William Randolph Hearst, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Bob Dole and Dean Acheson, joined in the festivities that night.

But it was his own toast that weighed on him afterward, according to the note Philip wrote to Nixon from Greenland three days later.

“Dear Mr. President,” begins his handwritten letter. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciated your overwhelming kindness and hospitality at the White House. I was quite overwhelmed by the guests but delighted to meet such a distinguished company.

Then Philip shared his grim take on his own performance – and hinted at the self-doubt about a potential etiquette violation.

“After the outburst of the other speakers and yourself, I’m afraid my contribution was very lame and that night I woke up in a cold sweat when I realized I forgot to propose your health!

“I humbly apologize,” he said.

Philip quickly moved to safer ground in his letter while commenting on the weather.

“The weather in New York was horrible but otherwise everything went well and I found Miss Walters particularly charming and intelligent,” he continued. “I hope we did a good track,” he told the president – whose own media hatred would peak during Watergate.

The “Miss Walters” he was referring to was Barbara Walters, the NBC presenter who interviewed Philip on the Today show that same year.

“There were so many things where if I had to read them now, I would say God damn it, I wish God, I wouldn’t have said that,” he told her.

Philip attended the November 1969 stag dinner. Nixon, a longtime royal fan, met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on a trip to Europe earlier this year.

Philip attended the November 1969 stag dinner. Nixon, a longtime royal fan, met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on a trip to Europe earlier this year.

Philip attended the November 1969 stag dinner. Nixon, a longtime royal fan, met the Queen at Buckingham Palace on a trip to Europe earlier this year.

Prince Philip concluded his letter to Nixon with “a very big thank you for your great kindness”.

If Philip had made any oversight, it didn’t seem to weigh on Nixon, who had long been interested in the royal family and was looking for other opportunities to mingle with them. Nixon visited the Queen and Prince Philip in February 1969 and was invited to Buckingham Palace.

When Prince Charles paid an official visit to the United States in 1970, Nixon appeared to be trying to create a match with his daughter, Tricia, who was 24 at the time.

The tour included a Washington Senators baseball game, a trip to Camp David, a visit to the Presidential Yacht, dinner and a dance.

Royal biographer Anthony Holden wrote: “The seating plans constantly had Charles and Tricia side by side as the program made them spend the whole day together, even only to be alone with each other in various parts of the room. White House.

It was a play Charles remembered years later when he visited the White House where he met George W. Bush and Laura Bush.

Wrote Sally Bedell Smith, “When Charles and his new wife, Camilla, visited George W. and Laura Bush in the White House, he joked that the Bushes had better not try to fix their twin daughters. with his sons William and Harry. Nixon had worked to set it up with Tricia.

“The weather in New York was horrible but otherwise everything went well and I found Miss Walters particularly charming and intelligent,” he continued.  'Hope we did a good play,' he told the president

“The weather in New York was horrible but otherwise everything went well and I found Miss Walters particularly charming and intelligent,” he continued.  'Hope we did a good play,' he told the president

“The weather in New York was horrible but otherwise everything went well and I found Miss Walters particularly charming and intelligent,” he continued. “I hope we did a good play,” he told the president

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