Prince Phillip dies aged 99

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
News just breaking that Prince Phillip has passed away aged 99, he has been fairly crook as of recent months, an interesting fact that I did not know about him until recent months, is that he was born in Greece!

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  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
News just breaking that Prince Phillip has passed away aged 99, he has been fairly crook as of recent months, an interesting fact that I did not know about him until recent months, is that he was born in Greece!
lsrailfan
Does anyone else remember Normdrum, which was a Norman Gunston parody of Molly Meldrum's "Humdrum" segment?

In real life Meldrum completely botched an interview with Prince Charles. In Normdrum, the words uttered by Gunston were "Aww, sorry about the hand on your knee. How's your mum, and Phil the Greek, okay?"

That was actually my first knowledge of his ethnicity. Not that it makes any difference.

Just for fun, here is Normdrum:
Norman Gunston - Normdrum - YouTube
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Standing at the limit of an endless ocean
I wonder how long it will take for Piers Morgan to blame Meghan Markle for Prince Philip dying of shame? Rolling Eyes
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Will Meghan be invited to the funeral - I guess they will out of good manners.

CONDOLENCES to the Queen, she's one person I do have respect for.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Sad news. My condolences to the royal family.

Was an announcement made that the Forth Bridge was down?
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

Will Meghan be invited to the funeral - I guess they will out of good manners.
don_dunstan

Nup.  COVID restrictions mean 30 mourners, tops.  Ghislaine Maxwell has more chance of attending.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Not unexpected, but sad nonetheless. He was a great motivation to many of us through his awards. Thus he has represented values of a day long gone. R.I.P.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A remarkable man.  Fled Greece with his family as an infant in an orange crate, a brilliant Naval Officer who fought against the Nazis, a loyal and dedicated Royal Consort, and a cracking sense of humour.

His mother's hardships and life story is worth a read too.

Rest In Peace.
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

A remarkable man.  Fled Greece with his family as an infant in an orange crate, a brilliant Naval Officer who fought against the Nazis, a loyal and dedicated Royal Consort, and a cracking sense of humour.

His mother's hardships and life story is worth a read too.

Rest In Peace.
Carnot
you forgot to mention his sister who married a Nazi?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
A lifetime of service above self and an inspiration to us all. A fine, decent, and far-sighted man. The world desperately needs more of his quality.
Sad that he didn't quite make 100!

(The ABC made their inevitable clangers - they got Edward VII and Edward VIII mixed up and they referred to the Queen as 'Her Royal Highness'.)
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

A lifetime of service above self and an inspiration to us all. A fine, decent, and far-sighted man. The world desperately needs more of his quality.
Sad that he didn't quite make 100!

(The ABC made their inevitable clangers - they got Edward VII and Edward VIII mixed up and they referred to the Queen as 'Her Royal Highness'.)
YM-Mundrabilla
Or another take is that Greek immigrant living on welfare dies in England.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Philip fought against actual Nazis and his mum sheltered Jews in Greece fleeing the Gestapo - which is more than can be said for about 99.9% of the commentators on Railpage

And yet the left will celebrate the death of bloodthirsty tyrants like Fidel Castro.  

Beyond the pale.
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

Prince Phillip goes to heaven and upon arriving there runs into Princess Diana.

"Diana what a beautiful halo you have." he says to her. Diana turns to him and says "smeg off Phil it's a steering wheel!"
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Nobody here, not even Valvegear, is old enough to have fought Nazis. And The Pale is in Ireland so has nothing to do with this.
  doyle Chief Commissioner

Agree with Billy

Much nicer that he passed away at home.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
A remarkable man.  Fled Greece with his family as an infant in an orange crate, a brilliant Naval Officer who fought against the Nazis, a loyal and dedicated Royal Consort, and a cracking sense of humour.

His mother's hardships and life story is worth a read too.

Rest In Peace.
you forgot to mention his sister who married a Nazi?
yeah but lets not let catchy headlines get in the way or reality.

His Sister married a German prince in 1931
They both joined the NAZI party in May 1937, likely under threat of a gun and died a few months later in a plane crash and Hitler had only in the last 18mth or so began to ramp up his reign of terror with war over 2 years away.

Were they NAZI's, technically yes, practically unlikely.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
He was honoured today by a 21 gun salute, plus 20 additional guns. It was Philip himself years ago, who managed to use the spoonerism of " a 21 son galoot."
  ANR Chief Commissioner

May he rest in peace!! I think he brought a lot into the Monarchy. Both he and Lizzie ran a tight ship for a very long time. Condolences to the Queen.

I saw a documentary about his mother on SBS a couple of years ago. What an amazing life she lived.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Much nicer that he passed away at home.
"doyle"
Or, more accurately, at one of his homes.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Much nicer that he passed away at home.
Or, more accurately, at one of his homes.
Valvegear
Yes,
Have to wonder how much was known in advance.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Have to wonder how much was known in advance.
RTT_Rules"
I reckon it's a racing certainty that the family knew he didn't have long.
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
They almost certainly knew just before he left hospital. If he had a chance of pulling through he would have been kept there, so I'm pretty sure it was a case of they knew the end was near and nothing could be done, so send him home to die in peace.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
He was honoured today by a 21 gun salute, plus 20 additional guns. It was Philip himself years ago, who managed to use the spoonerism of " a 21 son galoot."
Valvegear
'He was honoured today by a 21 gun salute, plus 20 additional guns '

There are rumours that the French have surrendered already. Smile
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Prince Phillip's funeral will be tonight at 12:00am AEST, due to Covid restrictions, there will only be a maximum of 30 allowed in the chapel, from what I have heard about him over the past week, it is probably what he would have wanted as well, no big fanfare or anything like that....
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
Stayed up to watch it of course. Just finished. Pudent, respectful, modest. Very humbling ceremony, which reminded us of our mortality.

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