How many people have you knocked down on that thing Non-PC Philip jokes with man on mobility scooter
23:37 GMT, 29 March 2012
He has never been one to let political correctness stand in the way of a joke.
But the Duke of Edinburgh was perhaps quite fortunate to have picked a friendly target when he greeted a disabled wellwisher yesterday.
With his legendary taste for the mischievous, Prince Philip took one look at David Miller’s four-wheeled mobility scooter and asked: ‘How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing’
Royal humour: Prince Philip took one look at David Miller’s, left, four-wheeled mobility scooter and asked: ‘How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing’
But the 90-year-old appeared to have chosen his audience wisely, as Mr Miller responded with a roar of laughter.
The encounter took place at Valentines
Mansion in Redbridge, North London, where the Queen and Prince Philip
were visiting the London Pride Art and Design Exhibition as they
continued their Diamond Jubilee tour.
Mr Miller, a trustee of the charitable
trust which runs the mansion, has difficulties walking due to a spinal
problem. He said afterwards: ‘That is just typical from the duke. He is
renowned for his humour but no offence was taken, it was all in good
Clanger: The Duke of Edinburgh proved he had lost none of his waspish wit today. 'He is renowned for his humour but no offence was taken, it was all in good humour,' said Mr Miller
Warm welcome: Crowds cheered as the Queen arrived in Valentine's Park, Redbridge as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK this morning
Full of the joys of spring: The Queen wore a powder blue coat over a pretty floral dress, topping off the bright and breezy ensemble with a feather-trimmed hat
Nice day for it: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh take a walk through Valentines park in Redbridge today
And had he knocked anyone over ‘I told him no, your Royal Highness, I had not knocked anyone down,’ he said.
Clearly the prince was rather pleased
with his gag, as he made exactly the same joke when he met the Mayor of
Waltham Forest, Geoff Walker, a few hours later. The councillor, who was
born with cerebral palsy and uses a motorised vehicle to get around,
confirmed that Prince Philip had asked him whether he had ‘run over
anybody’, but said he too had taken the remark in ‘good humour’.
The royal couple began their day at
the mansion, receiving a rapturous welcome from hundreds of
schoolchildren. The Queen toured a marquee filled with exhibits from
throughout her reign, accompanied by designer Sir Terence Conran, who
has helped the council with the exhibition.
Cheers: The monarch was greeted by thousands of cheering residents of the borough, who waved flags in her honour
Generous: The monarch received dozens of bunches of flowers from well-wishers
Art attack: Local schools had produced art work for the occasion, which included a
pop art-style painting of former British prime minister Margaret
The Queen, in a floral Stewart Parvin
silk dress and a powder blue wool crepe coat with a Rachel Trevor-Morgan
hat, paused to look at a tiny 1950s television that could have been
used to watch her coronation.
The couple then travelled on to their
second destination, Waltham Forest Town Hall, where they enjoyed a lunch
of Indian shepherd’s pie followed by clotted cream bread and butter
Chef Cyrus Todiwala later revealed he
had taken the chilli out of the pie served to his royal guests to avoid
‘any sense of uneasiness’.
Waltham Forest Council leader Chris Robbins, who sat next to the Queen, said the 85-year-old monarch was on great form.
‘She is a very knowledgeable woman.
Every single subject she knew about and had something to say. And she’s
extremely funny. When she got her pudding, it was made with sloe gin and
she said “I’m not going to get drunk on this, am I”’
The couple finished their day at the Krishna Avanti Primary School in Harrow, the first state-funded Hindu school in Britain.
For Her Majesty's pleasure: The Queen viewed sculptures and art works as she walked in the sunshine through the gardens of Valentines Park today
Patriotic: A young boy waves a Union flag to welcome the Queen on her tour celebrating 60 years on the throne
What no comb, Boris The Mayor of London donned a suit for the occasion – but seemingly forgot to brush his hair