February 9, 1989 |
A former British soldier failed in court today to block Prince Philip from attending Japanese Emperor Hirohito's funeral on the ground that it would be an act of treason. A High Court judge rejected George Calvert's application for a judicial review of a government directive to Queen Elizabeth II to send a Royal Family member to the funeral Feb. 24.
January 10, 1989 |
Choosing international protocol over domestic politics, Britain announced Monday that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Foreign Minister Geoffrey Howe will represent it in Tokyo next month for the state funeral of Emperor Hirohito.
December 7, 1988 |
Prince Philip appeared to be swimming against the tide of popular opinion when he dismissed the costly rescue of two gray whales trapped off northern Alaska as a "circus act." "It was, I think, in many ways counterproductive," said Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and president of the World Wide Fund for Nature. The October rescue of the whales, trapped by ice before they could continue on their annual migration to Mexico, cost more than $1 million and grabbed worldwide attention.
January 18, 1988 |
Queen Elizabeth's youngest son, Prince Edward, will become the first member of the British Royal Family to pursue a career in the theater when he joins a London company as production assistant next month, Buckingham Palace announced today. Buckingham Palace said his decision to join composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theater Company, which was behind the international musical hits "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera," has the full support of the queen and his father, Prince Philip.
July 12, 1987 |
Above all else, The Great McGonagall craved royal recognition for his poetry. But only in 1977, 75 years after his death, did he finally get it. Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visiting Dundee with his wife Queen Elizabeth II, confessed to being a McGonagall fan and even dashed off a McGonagallesque ode of his own which was hung in the Windmill, a pub he visited. It bears the title "The Prince of Bad Verse." First Glasgow, the ancient, all pomp and Thanksgiving.
June 24, 1987 |
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will visit Denver on Oct. 24 to receive an award from the American branch of Outward Bound, the international survival training organization, Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday.
March 12, 1987 |
Prince Philip, who has a reputation for not mincing words, has gotten involved in another controversial exchange--this time over adultery--after a few choice comments about colored condoms and suggesting black ones were being worn during mourning. A bizarre battle of words was triggered at a private meeting Wednesday at the House of Commons when Member of Parliament Anthony Beaumont-Dark demanded to know how the prince could support hunting and yet hold the presidency of the World Wildlife Fund.
March 4, 1987 |
Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has successfully undergone surgery for a hernia, Buckingham Palace said Tuesday. Philip, 65, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital for Officers in London on Friday night and discharged the next day, a palace statement said. He made two public appearances Tuesday.
January 7, 1987 |
Prince Edward, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, quit the Royal Marines tearfully because he found the training too tough, the Sun newspaper said today. Edward, 21, cried for three hours after making up his mind to resign last Friday, just four months after he began full-time training as an acting lieutenant, the paper said without identifying its sources. Buckingham Palace declined all comment.