03/29/2012

Prince Philip can't resist a one-liner with disabled man on scooter

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Queen Elizabeth casts a critical eye on a sculpture as she visits Valentines Park and Mansion in Redbridge, north London on Thursday for the London Pride Art and Design exhibition. (Getty Images)

At 90 years young, Prince Philip can get away with just about anything.

Tour4His famous sense of sometimes inappropriate humour was on display Thursday as he cheerfully greeted the many well wishers in the London borough of Redbridge who came out to see the Duke of Edinburgh's better half, Queen Elizabeth as she continued her Diamond Jubilee mini-tours.

Philip , ever the dutiful escot, followed the Queen through her walkabout, chatting with people along the way.

When he came up David Miller, 60, a disabled man who was sitting on his four-wheeled mobility scooter.

"How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?" Prince Philip asked.

Without hesitation, everyone who heard the remark burst into laughter.

“I told him no, your Royal Highness, I had not knocked anyone down," said Miller, who is a trustee of the Valentines Mansion where the royals were viewing an art show.

“That is just typical from the Duke," Miller said later. "He is renowned for his humour but no offence was taken, it was all in good humour."

Philip has long had a mischievious sense of humour that has gotten him in hot water. A few of his ill-timed comments over the years:

-- In 2002, he asked an Aboriginal leader in Queensland: "Do you still throw spears at each other?"

-- In 1994, he remarked to a Cayman Island resident: "Aren’t most of you descended from pirates?"

-- And this, to a Scottish driving instructor: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?"

-- Canada was not immune from his blunt observations. In 1976 on a visit here, he remarked: "We don’t come here for our health. We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves."

Want more? Check out our Duke of Oops gallery.

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Queen Elizabeth checks out a portrait of herself made of postage stamps by students of Ilford County High School during a visit to Valentines Park and Mansion in Redbridge. (Reuters)

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That's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher -- pop art-style -- staring out in this portrait as Queen Elizabeth tours the London Pride Art and Design exhibition. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Children from Krishna Avanti School in Edgware bring out their flags to salute the Queen on Thursday as she continued her Diamond Jubilee tour. (Reuters)

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Larry David has made a career and an extremely good living out of off colour comments like those of the Prince. Anybody with a sense of humour would laugh rather than be offended by the Prince's remarks.

Well, he can afford to be normal.

Good old Phillip. He refuses to bow down to the politically correct nazis and most non Marxists love him for it.

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