Prince Philip was known for his energy and constant sense of duty, but maybe what gained him most attention over the years were his unashamedly non-PC remarks.
The Duke realised his capacity for making gaffes, and even had a term for it, ‘Dontopedalogy’.
This he described as the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, a science which he practised for a good many years.
Some people, inevitably, took offence at some of his more vociferous comments but most welcomed his banter, which saw him through myriad official engagements, and many people who met Philip remarked on his ability to set them at ease with an entertaining comment.
This helped jolt them out of the stuffy formality that sometimes characterised royal events, and here are some of his most legendary gaffes over the years.
In his state visit to China in 1986, in one of his offensive outbursts, the Duke of Edinburgh advised youngsters in China during a state visit that ‘if you stay here much longer, you will be slitty eyed”.
In a BBC documentary to mark his 90th birthday, he remarked: ‘I’d forgotten about it. But for one particular reporter who overheard it, it wouldn’t have come out’.
In a state visit to Australia in 2002, the Prince asked an Aboriginal cultural park owner called William Brim: ‘Do you still throw spears at each other?’ Mr Brim replied: ‘No, we don’t do that anymore’.
In a trip to Bromley in South London, 2012, when Prince Philip spotted Hannah Jackson, 25, in the crowd during a trip to Bromley. The ageing royal turn to the policeman standing next to her and gestured towards her eye-catching peplum style dress which had a zip running the length of the front, saying: ‘I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress!’
In Chadwell Heath Community Centre in Dagenham, east London, for its opening in 2015, while visiting a London community centre group, Philip asked a group of women: ‘Who do you sponge off?’
Ms Zamir, who founded the Chadwell Heath Asian Woman’s Network which meets at the centre, said the Duke inquired who we sponge off? She said that they’re all married so it’s their husbands. He was just kidding and it’s comparable to what she calls her husband – the wallet.
At a Buckingham Palace garden party, August 2009, a Buckingham Palace guest with a goatee told Prince Philip he was a designer. He responded with: ‘Well, you didn’t design your beard too well, did you?’ It was later reported that the guest was 38-year-old Stephen Judge, who said of the Duke: ‘I could see a twinkle in his eye’