Prince Philip caused hysterics with this ‘famous gaffe’ about monkeys in Gibraltar

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been a familiar face by Queen Elizabeth II’s side during a host of royal tours.

The Queen is the UK’s longest-serving monarch and, since her accession in 1953, has visited more than 120 countries.

After Prince Philip, 97, retired from official royal duties in 2017, the monarch has represented the crown solo, or accompanied by other members of the Royal Family.

Yet when Prince Charles’ father headed on an official excursion to Gibraltar with his wife, he was the centre of attention for his comments.

In her new book Queen Elizabeth II, Her Life In Our Times, author Sarah Bradford wrote of the Dukes epic “gaffe”.

She said: “Prince Philip, long mocked and caricatured for his gaffes and rudeness – on one famous occasion, visiting Gibraltar, he had gazed up at the rock, cover with the limestone’s promontory’s celebrated monkeys, and, seeing a pose of newsmen and photographers awaiting his arrival, had asked, which are the monkeys?”

His sharp quip about the journalists had sparked a flurry of laughter.

Yet Sarah continued that, after his rib-tickling remarks, Philip had gained a sound reputation on tour.

She added: “(He) was becoming a national treasure, almost in the tradition of the legendary television figure Alf Garnett.

“His marriage to the Queen had been an outstanding success.”

Meanwhile, although Philip caused wry smiles with some of his remarks, his cursing comments about flight category may well have caused some offence.

Members of the Royal family usually always fly commercial class, particularly when venturing abroad for a personal reason, or on official duties they make take a private jet.

The latter helps the monarch and her relatives build strong relationships between states.

Yet that hasn’t stopped the dad of four from making his thoughts on Economy class – usually the cheapest form of ticket on an airline – very clear indeed.

Prince Philip previously announced to the Aircraft Research Association: “If you travel as much as we do, you appreciate the improvements in aircraft design of less noise and more comfort – provided you don’t travel in something called economy class, which sounds ghastly.”

His words leave no doubt as to just what the Queen’s husband believes appropriate for the family.

Meanwhile, many of the family members have been spotted on commercial jets before, opting to fly with British Airways or even UK budget airlines.

Even Queen Elizabeth has flown with the British airline during her reign and when she travelled more extensively. Whilst this is less frequent, many may not realise the reason behind this.

According to Vogue, if the trip is for a personal reason, not a state visit, then they will often fly by commercial jet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted in December on a British Airways flight when travelling to Nice, sitting at the back of the plane.

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