What a very distinctive member of the royal family


It seems that 2011 is the year of the British royal family. It was just a couple of months ago that we celebrated the royal wedding which was hugely discussed across the globe. Now, we have another reason to rise glasses as Prince Philip, who has been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 64 years, is celebrating his 90th birthday this year.

Prince Philip has built up, over the years of public duties, a reputation for putting his foot in it during official events. All of his visits are closely followed and everyone awaits at least one of his trademark gaffes to appear which definitely brought him loads of attention over the years of official meetings.

Below you can find some of the gaffes Prince Philip has made, selected from a list by the Mail Online:

‘It’s a vast waste of space.’ To guests at the opening reception of a new £18million British Embassy in Berlin in 2000.

‘British women can’t cook.’ Endearing himself to the Scottish Women’s Institute in 1961.
‘Oh, it’s you that owns that ghastly car, is it? We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle.’ To near-neighbour Elton John after hearing that he had sold his Watford FC-themed Aston Martin in 2001.
‘I wish he’d turn the microphone off!’ During Elton John’s performance at the 73rd Royal Variety Show in 2001.

‘Get me a beer. I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!’ On being offered fine Italian wines by Prime Minister Giuliano Amato at a dinner in Rome in 2000.

‘You didn’t design your beard too well, did you? You really must try better with your beard.’ To a young fashion designer at Buckingham Palace in 2009.

You can find a full list following the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2001251/As-Prince-Phillip-turns-90-relive-hilarious-gaffes.html

Note: Please check the list before you share it with your students as you may decide the quotes are not suitable or appropriate for your class.

How to use it with students:

The gaffes could be a great starting point of a group discussion. Is there a public figure in your country that makes similar gaffes? How do people react?

Is it acceptable for a state person to make any kinds of gaffes during public engagements?

Ask students to look at the full list and organize the gaffes from the least offensive to the most offensive (students practise comparatives).


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