HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh turns 90 today.
Philip has been a constant at the side of his wife, Queen Elizxabeth II since her ascension to the throne in 1952. He is the longest-living consort to a monarch. Whilst he is best known for his foot-in-mouth moments, he is one of the hardest-working of the royals, with only Princess Anne attending more official emgagements each year.
His gaffes though are the stuff of legend, and the Herald recently published a list of his top 90. There were several which brought a chuckle, including this one from his early royal life which had prophetic overtones.
"It is my invariable custom to say something flattering to begin with so that I shall be excused if by any chance I put my foot in it later on." Full marks for honesty, from a speech in 1956.
Prince Philip has indeed put his foot in it on any number of occasions since, but today is a day for celebration for him. May he enjoy many more years, and even delight us some more.
Happy birthday your Royal Highness!