Prince Philip turns 95: A weekend of royal birthday celebrations

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10 June 2016

It will be a big weekend at Buckingham Palace this weekend with birthday celebrations for both Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Sound the bells, lay out the best china on the dining room table and stock up on the champers!

It will be a big weekend at Buckingham Palace this weekend with birthday celebrations for both Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

According to UK paper The Star even though her majesty turned 90 on April 21, the official pomp and ceremony is always held in June with the ceremony of Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade. Read more: A life in the spotlight: 35 exquisite photos of Queen Elizabeth II With an entire schedule of ceremonies planned over the weekend, one could easily forget that Prince Philip celebrates his 95th birthday on June 10.

But the duke reveled in the spotlight on Thursday 9 June at a gala dinner to mark the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award, The Telegraph reports.

Dame Judi Dench, Sir Robert Moore and Naomi Harris were in attendance to wish the duke well at the Stoke Park Country Club near Windsor.

The Queen and Prince Philip, who were married in 1947, have had the longest marriage in the history of England’s monarchy. They'll celebrate their Platinum Wedding anniversary (70th anniversary) next year.

On their Golden Wedding in 1997, the Queen paid tribute to her husband: "He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”

Read more: ‘He was as good as gold’: adorable Prince George takes centre stage in the Queen’s 90th birthday photo

However, Prince Philip has been known to make say some strange things over the years. "Ill mannered" and "rough" are just some of the adjectives that have been used in reaction to some of the Duke’s most famous quotes.

Here are some of the Duke’s most unforgettable moments:

In 1996: “British women can’t cook.”

To the president of Nigeria on his national attire: “You look like you’re ready for bed.”

To Tom Jones after his Royal Variety Performance: “What do you gargle with, pebbles?”

To a Caribbean islander: “Aren’t you all descended from pirates?”

While touring Canada in 1997: “We don’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves.”

To Elton John in 2001: "Oh it's you who owns that ghastly car is it? We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle."

In 2011 on approaching his 90th birthday: "Bits are beginning to drop off."

Read more: Happy birthday, Your Majesty! A timeline of Queen Elizabeth’s extraordinary life on her milestone birthday

Sources: The Star, The Telegraph, MailOnline

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