HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUKE: Shahbanou Farah and Prince Philip


HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUKE: Shahbanou Farah and Prince Philip
by Darius Kadivar

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has turned 90, has told the BBC he is "winding down" and reducing his workload as a senior member of the royal family. ( See Related BBC News)

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Prince Philip turns 90 TheDuke's life as a Royal :

A look at the Duke of Edinburgh's time as the Queen's loyal consort by the leading broadcaster ITN ahead of his 90th birthday on 10 June 2011

AFP : Prince Philip 'a national treasure' at 90 despite gaffes :

Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, turns 90 on Friday but will mark the occasion with little fanfare, in keeping with his famously no-nonsense style. Phil Dampier, the author of a book detailing many of the Prince's infamous verbal gaffes, says Philip has acquired the status of 'national treasure.'

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Queen Elizabeth II marries Prince Philiip :

Queen Elizabeth II marries Prince Philip at Westminster Abbey in a dress bought from ration coupons.


The Duke:A Portrait of Prince Philip


A major two-part documentary series offers a unique and personal insight into the life and work of The Duke of Edinburgh. Granted unparalleled access over recent months, ITV has followed the Duke, producing a fascinating chronicle of the solo portfolio HRH has carved out for himself. Thefilms include an exclusive conversation between the Duke and Sir Trevor McDonald at the Duke's Sandringham private estate and never-before-seen footage of his travels around the world, taken from private film archive which he shot himself.


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In an interview with the BBC's Fiona Bruce, the Queen's husband said he reckoned he had "done his bit".

His birthday on Friday will be spent hosting a Buckingham Palace event for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, which is marking its centenary.

He will attend a private service of thanksgiving at Windsor on Sunday.

However, there will be a 62-gun salute by the Honourable Artillery Company on Friday afternoon.

The Royal Mint has marked the milestone by producing a commemorative £5 coin, available in cupro-nickel, gold and silver, as well as a rare platinum edition at £5,450.

The souvenir piece features a portrait of Prince Philip on one side and the Queen on the other - the first time a reigning monarch and consort have appeared on opposite sides of a UK coin.

Sculptor Mark Richards, who designed the coin, said: "The challenge for me, in creating this design, was to capture a man who gives great support to the monarch andthe country, while remaining largely in the background.

"Therefore I have focused on a close-up of his face with all its accumulated dignity,wisdom and experience."

'Sell-by date'

The Queen turned 85 in April and she will reach her Diamond Jubilee next year, marking 60 years since she came to the throne.

She married Prince Philip in 1947, making him the longest-serving consort in British history.

In the interview with the BBC, he talked about his advancing years, saying it was better to get out "before you reach your sell-by date".

"I reckon I've done my bit so I want to enjoy myself a bit now, with less responsibility,less frantic rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say," he said.


"On top of that, your memory's going - I can't remember names and things."

Over many decades, the duke has embraced a range of causes including the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and conservation, though he insisted he was not a"green" campaigner.

"I think that there's a difference between being concerned for the conservation of nature and being a bunny hugger," he added.

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the prince's comments were typically frank admissions.

He said the Dukeof Edinburgh was a no-nonsense royal whose crucial role had been to support the Queen, especially during years of turmoil.

On the eve of his birthday Prince Philip, dressed in his Grenadier Guards uniform, took the salute at the annual beating retreat ceremony on Horse Guards Parade.

Watched by 4,000 members of the public, almost 300 members of bands of the Household Division performed under a blue evening sky.

The division was supported by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus.

The latter brought a touch of war time nostalgia to the ceremony, singing the White Cliffs Of Dover and slow-dancing in pairs.

The origins of the beating retreat ceremony lie in the early days of chivalry when beating or sounding retreat called a halt to the day's fighting,a return to camp and the mounting of the guard for the night.

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Thank you Darius jan

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I think our French cousins on the other side of the Channel are secretly wishing that they too had kept their monrachy and not followed those traître :Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, and Saint-Just.


May be they need another revolution to restore their monarchy :))


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Anglophile Jan En Effet ;0))

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Darius jan you are more up-to-date than I am!

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Excellent reporting.    God Save the Queen :) 

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Prince Philip leaves hospital just in time for 91st Birthday

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Prince Philip leaves hospital (bbc)


The Duke of Edinburgh leaves hospital in central London after a five-night stay for the treatment of a bladder infection, on the eve of his 91st birthday.

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Princes William and Harry visit Philip in hospital

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Princes visit Philip in hospital (bbc)



The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry visit the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital, Clarence House say


The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have visited their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, in hospital.

Clarence House said the princes paid a "short private visit" to Prince Philip.

He was admitted to London's King Edward VII hospital with a bladder infection on Monday, and could not join the Queen at the final Diamond Jubilee events to mark her 60 years on the throne.

It is not yet known whether the duke will be discharged in time for his 91st birthday on Sunday.

The princes arrived at about 16:45 BST and left after some 20 minutes without saying anything to reporters outside.


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Prince Philip in hospital and to miss Diamond Jubilee concert

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Prince Philip taken to hospital (bbc)

The Duke of Edinburgh will miss the Diamond Jubilee concert after being taken to hospital with a bladder infection.

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Queen Elizabeth visits Prince Philip in hospital after operation

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Queen visits Philip in hospital (bbc)



The Queen has visited the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital in Cambridgeshire, where he has been treated for a blocked coronary artery.

The duke, 90, had a coronary stent fitted after he was taken to hospital suffering chest pains.

He is in "good spirits" but remains under observation at Papworth Hospital, Buckingham Palace said.

The Queen was accompanied on the 45-minute visit by their sons Edward and Andrew, and daughter, Anne.

They arrived by helicopter for the visit, where they were met by the hospital's chief executive and Professor John Cunningham, chief physician to the Queen.

After they left, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived by car from Highgrove. 


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Good to Know anglophile Jaan

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Thanks for the offer ;0)



Talking about food Darius jan ...

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Here in London the Brits are so fond of French cuisine they brought a piece of culinary Paris to London. And guess who is the owner of the most popular rFrench estaurant: An Iranian!

Le Relais de Venise (Le Entrecote) which is the branch of the original restaurant in Porte Maillot (and I think the one in Marbeuf).


Next time you are in London, let me know and you'll be in for a treat my fellow anglophile :)

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Oh And don't forget the "Entente Cordiale" ;0)

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Lotf Dareed anglophile Jaan You ain't alone ;0)

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And let me reassure you there are far more Iranian anglophiles than meets the eye including in France.

Actually the French ( And French Iranians) envy the British for their System of government and their local beauties :



but Not for their Cooking ;0)





And I thought I was the only anglophile here :)

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Brilliant collection Darius jan

You know yoy must pop over across the channel and take up British residency. You are too good to be missed on the Brits.

Best wishes from fellow anglophile.