Philip, the court jester! How the Duke of Edinburgh kept the Queen, his family and foreign dignitaries smiling through 70 years of public service
Prince Philip conducted more than 22,000 solo engagements in his career as the longest-serving consortDuke of Edinburgh, often joked he was the ‘world’s most experienced plaque unveiler’ and in his 70 years of public duty always brought a sense of fun, making members of the public smile, laugh and joke constantlyFEMAIL looks back at Philip’s funniest and cheekiest moments from his seasoned career in the public eye
Prince Philip conducted more than 22,000 solo engagements in his career as the longest-serving consort before he died today aged 99.
And the royal, who has played a key part in modernising The Firm, often appeared cheerful and silly on his official trips, undergoing more than 630 overseas visits throughout seven decades of service.
The Duke of Edinburgh, often joked he was the ‘world’s most experienced plaque unveiler’ and in his 70 years of public duty always brought a sense of fun, making members of the public, foreign dignitaries and his own family laugh and smile during outings.
Even as his health worsened, His Royal Highness never lost his sense of humour and was often pictured pulling very expressive faces and laughing and joking with his wife, children and grandchildren.
In 2013, he looked very animated while speaking to a guest in the Royal Box during the Epsom Derby, while he made the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta blush on a trip to the island in 2015 by whispering ‘we’re all Christians’.
Here, FEMAIL looks back at Philip the joker’s funniest and cheekiest moments from his seasoned career in the public eye.
Philip the joker prince! The Duke of Edinburgh looks very animated as he talks to a guest in the royal box at the Epsom Derby in 2013
Always animated: The royal, a keen sportsman and sports fan, looks very excited as he watches the Highland Games with The Queen in 2003, where the royals welcomes Tony and Cherie Blair as guests
Sharing secrets? The royal pulled a cheeky expression as he whispered in the ear of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta during a trip to the island in 2015. He is believed to have said ‘I’ll tell you a secret, we are all Christians’ during the service at St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral
Claire Murdoch, chief executive of the Central and North West London NHS Trust, looked very surprised as the Prince giggled when they met in 2014 during a visit to the Margaret Pyke Centre which provides basic and specialist sexual reproductive healthcare in London (left). In 2013, he visited a school in Norfolk with a very surprised expression (right)