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The politically-incorrect Prince: The Duke of Edinburgh's best one-liners

The politically-incorrect Prince: The Duke of Edinburgh's best one-liners
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Gaffe-prone Prince Philip has become renowned for his politically incorrect remarks over the years.

As the Duke of Edinburgh prepares to step down from his royal duties, we take a look at the 96-year-old’s most famous one-liners.

First and foremost Prince Philip jokes even about his retirement from royal life:

The Duke of Edinburgh has been having this habit for a couple of decades already:

1969 To singer Tom Jones at the Royal Variety Performance: “What do you gargle with, pebbles?”

1969 During a visit to Canada: “I declare this thing open, whatever it is.”

1974 After a gunman tried to kidnap the Princess Royal: “If the man had succeeded in abducting Anne, she would have given him a hell of a time while in captivity.”

1984 After accepting a present from a local woman in Kenya “You are a woman, aren’t you?”

1986 To British students during a visit to China: “If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”

1995 to a driving instructor in Scotland: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?”

1999 To a group of deaf school children in Cardiff standing next a steel band: “Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf.”

2001 To a 13-year-old student in Salford who wanted to be an astronaut: “Well, you’ll never fly in it, you’re too fat.”

2002 To a young female officer wearing a bullet-proof vest in the UK: “You look like a suicide bomber.”

2009 To a businessman called Atul Patel at a reception for British Indians: “There’s a lot of your family in tonight.”

2010 To the then Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie in Edinburgh while pointing at some tartan: “Do you have a pair of knickers made out of this?”

2012 To a 25-year-old council worker in Kent wearing a zipped dress: “I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress.”

2013 To a Filipino nurse in the UK: “The Philippines must be half empty as you’re all here running the NHS.”

2015 To an RAF photographer:“Just take the f***ing picture.”

About Princess Anne: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she’s not interested.”

On marriage: “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”

To the President of Nigeria dressed in traditional robes: “You look like you’re ready for bed.”