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A timeline (or several) relating to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has had several controversial quotations attributed to him or directly recorded. These usually find their way into the media; the following are some of the best-known.
Where, when... Said to... Alleged to have said... May have offended...[1] According to...
Duke of Edinburgh Award ceremony, 2006 British student about to do voluntary work in Romania [On hearing that the student wouldn't be working in an orphanage] "There's so many over there you feel they breed them just to put in orphanages."[2] Romanians; orphans The Scotsman, July 2006[3]
Australia, 2002 Australian Aboriginals "Still throwing spears?" Aboriginal people[4] BBC News, March 2002[5]
University of Salford, England, 2001 13-year-old boy [Informing boy on requirements to fly a spaceship] "You could do with losing a bit of weight." Boy; his parents; the overweight Manchester Evening News, July 2001[6]
Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999 Electronics company workers [Seeing a fuse box] "It looks as though it was put in by an Indian." Indians[7] BBC News, August 1999[8]
Cardiff, Wales, 1999 Teenagers from the British Deaf Association near a Jamaican steel drum band "Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf." Deaf people; Jamaicans; steel drummers BBC News, August 1999[9]
Papua New Guinea, 1998 British student "You managed not to get eaten then?" Papua New Guineans BBC News, March 2002[10]
Shooting and Conservation magazine, 1998 Farmers; rural folk "The recent Countryside March was a dramatic expression of the anxiety of country people about the growing influence of the perceptions and attitudes of townspeople on popular opinion. In many cases there are deeply held beliefs, but I suspect that in most cases it is due to ignorance." Anyone who lives in a town or city BBC News, August 1998[11]
Jallianwala Bagh (Amritsar) Massacre monument, India, 1997 The world [Disputing final casualty total of 2,000] "That's not right. The number is less." Indians BBC News, August 1999[12]
BBC Radio, 1996, following the Dunblane massacre of 16 children and their teacher by a gunman in Scotland The world [On banning firearms] "If a cricketer, for instance, suddenly decided to go into a school and batter a lot of people to death with a cricket bat, which he could do very easily, I mean, are you going to ban cricket bats?" Victims' families; survivors; victims of gun crime BBC News, March 2002[13]
Oban, Scotland, 1995 Driving instructor "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?" Scots BBC News, March 2002[14]
Cayman Islands, 1994 Cayman Islander "Aren't most of you descended from pirates?" Cayman Islanders BBC News, March 2002[15]
Lockerbie, Scotland, 1993 Survivor of the Lockerbie Bombing living on a road where 11 residents had died "People usually say that after a fire it is water damage that is the worst. We are still trying to dry out Windsor Castle." Victims' families; survivors BBC News, August 1999[16]
Budapest, Hungary, 1993 British citizen "You can't have been here that long - you haven't got a pot belly." Hungarians BBC News, March 2002[17]
China, 1986 British students "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed." The Chinese BBC News, March 2002[18]
China, 1986 The world [On Beijing] "Ghastly." The people of Beijing; the Chinese (again) BBC News, August 1999[19]
Foreword to If I Were an Animal, 1986 (with Cowles Fleur)[20] The world "I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." Peoples of densely-populated countries prisonplanet.com[21]
World Wildlife Fund meeting, 1986 WWF delegates; the world "If it has four legs and is not a chair, has wings and is not an aeroplane, or swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it." The Cantonese; other Chinese people BBC News, March 2002[22]
Kenya, 1984 Kenyan tribeswoman "You are a woman, aren't you?" Kenyans; Africans BBC News, March 2002[23]
UK, at the height of the 1981 recession The world "Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed." The unemployed; anyone made redundant BBC News, March 2002[24]
Royal Variety Performance, 1969 Tom Jones, Welsh Singer "What do you gargle with, pebbles?" Tom Jones; his fans BBC News, August 1999[25]
1966 The world "British women can't cook."[26] Women BBC News, March 2002[27]

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Footnotes

  1. Principal group(s); others may also find the comment offensive.
  2. Uncorroborated.
  3. The Scotsman: Duke under fire for Romanian orphans 'joke''. 8th July 2006.
  4. The BBC reports that the addressee took no offence.
  5. BBC News: Prince Philip's spear 'gaffe''. 1st March 2002.
  6. The Scotsman: Prince tells boy: You're too fat for spaceship'. 26th July 2001.
  7. The BBC reported that the Duke was defended by Dr Shanfi Kauser, Secretary of the Islamic Centre in Glasgow: "He is a nice man and I don't think he has done anything out of malice. I believe he has not done anything wrong. On other occasions he has been very complimentary to us. We should not bring him into a dispute. I think he should be excused."
  8. BBC News: Royal apology for race remark'. 10th August 1999.
  9. BBC News: Deaf insulted by duke's remark'. 10th August 1999.
  10. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  11. BBC News: Prince Philip attacks 'townies' '. 6th August 1998.
  12. BBC News: Deaf insulted by duke's remark'. 10th August 1999.
  13. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  14. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  15. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  16. BBC News: Prince Philip's gaffes'. 10th August 1999.
  17. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  18. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  19. BBC News: Prince Philip's gaffes'. 10th August 1999.
  20. Morrow. ISBN 0688061508.
  21. prisonplanet.com: Prince Philip, In His Own Words: We Need To 'Cull' The Surplus Population'. 10th June 2004.
  22. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  23. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  24. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.
  25. BBC News: Prince Philip's gaffes'. 10th August 1999.
  26. British television chef Gordon Ramsay said a similar thing in 2005; though he only remarked that young British women couldn't cook. See Daily Telegraph: 'Can't cook, won't cook', 22nd October 2005.
  27. BBC News: Long line of princely gaffes'. 1st March 2002.