It's been a big weekend for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrates 60 years on the throne, and as her loyal subjects and opponents of the Monarchy alike enjoy a day off to mark her birthday. It's been a momentous weekend for her hubby as well; Prince Philip has been made an Additional member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
We don't have too many qualms with this recognition, which is as much for the reign of the Queen as for her husband's service. After all, Prince Philip has been at his wife's side now for almost 65 years of marriage; few marriages last that long these days. Certainly he's provided his share of fun with some of "those" moments, but he has been a loyal consort to the Queen, and a long-standing friend of New Zealand. Add to that the fact that his honour is an additional one; he's not keeping a deserving New Zealander off the Order of Merit.