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“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world…

Prince Philip dead at 99: Queen announces the passing of Duke of Edinburgh weeks after heart surgery and after 73 years of marriage.

Born a Prince of Greece and Denmark, Philip was evacuated as an infant from Greece by a British warship following the Greek/Turk war and resettled in Paris where he attended an American school. Following stints in schools in Germany and Scotland Philip joined the Royal Navy and served with distinction in World War II, being mentioned in dispatches. He was also present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese Surrender was signed.

He met Princess Elizabeth in 1939 and they began to exchange letters when she was 13.  He asked King George for her hand in 1946 and they were married in a state wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1947. Over 200 million people watched it from around the world. 

From there he went on until age 99 living a very big life.

My first memory of television is watching Elizabeth being crowned in a State Coronation in 1953. Soon, much later, I will watch a State Funeral.

… But now farewell. I am going a long way
With these thou seëst—if indeed I go—
(For all my mind is clouded with a doubt)
To the island-valley of Avilion;
Where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow,
Nor ever wind blows loudly; but it lies
Deep-meadow’d, happy, fair with orchard-lawns
And bowery hollows crown’d with summer sea,
Where I will heal me of my grievous wound.”

So said he, and the barge with oar and sail
Moved from the brink, like some full-breasted swan
That, fluting a wild carol ere her death,
Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood
With swarthy webs. Long stood Sir Bedivere
Revolving many memories, till the hull
Look’d one black dot against the verge of dawn,
And on the mere the wailing died away.

—  Morte d’Arthur /  Tennyson

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  • Anonymous April 9, 2021, 8:20 AM

    Will Globohomo ruin the funeral? Count on it. HRH Elizabeth is a Globohomo sympathizer.

  • Bunny April 9, 2021, 8:31 AM

    Isn’t the royal family fascinating? Maybe he’ll come back as a variant.
    “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.”

  • nunnya bidnez, jr April 9, 2021, 8:41 AM

    “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

    Man: Oh, king, eh, very nice. And ‘ow’d you get that, eh? By exploiting the workers! By ‘angin’ on to outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.If there’s ever going to be any progress…

    Arthur: The Lady of the Lake– her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite,held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king!

    Man: Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some… farcical aquatic ceremony!You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!! I mean, if I went ’round, saying I was an emperor, just because some moistened bink had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!

  • James ONeil April 9, 2021, 8:59 AM

    May he rest in peace, may we all.

  • BillH April 9, 2021, 9:24 AM

    Bunny – I would like to come back as an electromagnetic burst that destroys the internet.

  • Carter Duchesney April 9, 2021, 10:25 AM

    The duck of death.

  • ghostsniper April 9, 2021, 10:39 AM

    I saw the above and jumped on goggle news and nope, it wasn’t there.
    No matter how far down I scrolled, it just wasn’t there.
    Know what was?
    DMX, Who Dominated Billboard Charts, Dies at 50
    The New York Times 45 minutes ago

    Grammy-nominated rapper DMX dead at age 50
    Yahoo Entertainment 1 hour ago

    DMX, rapper and actor, dies at 50
    CNN 32 minutes ago

    RIP DMX: 10 of the rap legend’s best songs ever
    NME.com 38 minutes ago

    DMX Dead at 50
    TMZ 1 hour ago
    To which I reply:
    I just saw the news…DMX has died.
    The world, no, the universe has suffered a great loss.
    How can I go on?
    He was such an influence on so many.
    And just as he was turning his life around.
    He had his whole life in front of him.
    I’m so broken, I can’t go on…..

    Srsly, I don’t think I ever heard of this person before.
    So I looked him up.
    Same ol’ story, over and over again.
    Like what you expect when you drive near the “projects”.
    You know, like you just watched a film about a 3rd world country.
    Feeling like you need to go take a shower.
    On your brain.
    And this is what google headlines.

  • Joel April 9, 2021, 10:40 AM

    Prince Phil never passed a law restricting my freedom, so I have nothing against the man personally and in a detached sort of way I suppose I’m sorry he’s dead, but…really I don’t care.

  • Rob De Witt April 9, 2021, 10:59 AM

    Of course he only died now because it’s inconvenient to MeAgain Markle. Just wait, you’ll see.

  • LS April 9, 2021, 11:16 AM

    For those of you who are want to disparage the English monarchy, C.S. Lewis speaks for me:

    “There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;’ but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.”

  • Vanderleun April 9, 2021, 11:33 AM

    I’d call it C.S. Lewis for the Win.

  • Bunny April 9, 2021, 12:25 PM

    I never could understand why one person, by accident of birth, should inherit supreme power. Of course, the monarch’s power was never truly ultimate and unassailable, certainly not at all in modern times, nevertheless…
    “I don’t think the old authority in kings, priests, husbands, or fathers, and the old obedience in subjects, laymen, wives, and sons, was in itself a degrading or evil thing at all. I think it was intrinsically as good and beautiful as the nakedness of Adam and Eve. It was rightly taken away because men became bad and abused it.”
    ~C.S. Lewis, Equality

    “I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may think all men so good that they deserve a share in the government of the commonwealth, and so wise that the commonwealth needs their advice. That is, in my opinion, the false, romantic doctrine of democracy. On the other hand, you may believe fallen men to be so wicked that not one of them can be trusted with any irresponsible power over his fellows.
    That I believe to be the true ground of democracy. I do not believe that God created an egalitarian world. I believe the authority of parent over child, husband over wife, learned over simple to have been as much a part of the original plan as the authority of man over beast. I believe that if we had not fallen…patriarchal monarchy would be the sole lawful government. But since we have learned sin, we have found, as Lord Acton says, that ‘all power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ The only remedy has been to take away the powers and substitute a legal fiction of equality. The authority of father and husband has been rightly abolished on the legal plane, not because this authority is in itself bad (on the contrary, it is, I hold, divine in origin), but because fathers and husbands are bad. Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should govern ignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us. Even the authority of man over beast has had to be interfered with because it is constantly abused. ”
    ~C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

    Perhaps a good monarchy is better than a good democracy but even a bad democracy is better than a bad monarchy. So it is essential to have a good monarch. But Prince Philip was not a monarch.

    Le Bon Roi Dagobert

    The good King Dagobert
    Had his breeches inside out.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, your Majesty
    Has his breeches inside out.”
    “Indeed,” the king told him,
    “I’m going to put them right side out.”

    The good King Dagobert
    Was hunting in the Antwerp plain.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, your Majesty
    Is out of breath.”
    “Indeed,” the king told him,
    “A rabbit was running after me.”

    The good King Dagobert
    Wanted to sail on the sea.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, your Majesty
    Will drown.”
    “Indeed,” the king told him,
    “They might yell, ‘The king drinks!'”

    The good King Dagobert
    Was greedily eating his dessert.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, you’re greedy,
    Don’t eat so much.”
    “Indeed,” the king told him,
    “I’m not as greedy as you are.”

    The good King Dagobert
    Had a big iron saber.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, your Majesty
    Could get hurt.”
    “Indeed,” the king told him,
    “Let them give me a wooden saber.”

    The good King Dagobert
    Was fighting wildly.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, your Majesty
    Will get killed.”
    “Indeed,” the king told him,
    “Come quickly and stand before me.”

    As soon as Dagobert died
    The devil came running.
    The great Saint Eloy told him,
    “Oh my king, Satan’s coming soon,
    You have to confess.”
    “Alas,” the king told him,
    “Couldn’t you die for me?”

  • JimBobElrod April 9, 2021, 12:27 PM

    Hargreaves was a yeoman aboard the destroyer HMS Wallace on which Philip, son of Prince Andrew of Greece, had been appointed first lieutenant – second-in-command – at the age of 21. In July 1943, engaged in the Allied landings in Sicily, the ship came under repeated bombardment at dead of night and its crew realised that they would probably lose their lives.

    It was then Philip conjured up a plan to throw overboard a wooden raft with smoke floats that would create the illusion of debris ablaze on the water. As he hoped, the German plane was fooled into attacking the raft while the Wallace sailed to safety under cover of darkness.

    Hargreaves recalled the terrifying events of that night on the website: ‘It was obvious that we were the target for tonight and they would not stop until we had suffered a fatal hit. It was for all the world like being blindfolded and trying to evade an enemy whose only problem was getting his aim right. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that a direct hit was inevitable.

    ‘There was no question but to accept that on the next run or the one after that we had little chance of survival. I had been through so much that the feeling of anger and frustration was as great as the fear I and everyone else felt.

    ‘It was less than five minutes after the aircraft had departed and – if the previous space in time was approximately the same – we had about 20 minutes to come up with something. We couldn’t steam far in that time, not even far enough to make the aircraft think we had moved.’

    He continued: ‘The first lieutenant [Philip] went into hurried conversation with the captain, and the next thing a wooden raft was being put together on deck. Within five minutes they launched a raft over the side – at each end was fastened a smoke float. When it hit the water the smoke floats were activated and billowing clouds of smoke interspersed with small bursts of flame gave a convincing imitation of flaming debris in the water.

    ‘The captain ordered full ahead and we steamed away from the raft for a good five minutes and then he ordered the engines stopped. The tell-tale wake subsided and we lay there quietly in the soft darkness and cursed the stars, or at least I did. Quite some time went by until we heard aircraft engines approaching.

    ‘The sound of the aircraft grew louder until I thought it was directly overhead and I screwed up my shoulders in anticipation of the bombs. The next thing was the scream of the bombs, but at some distance. The ruse had worked and the aircraft was bombing the raft. I suppose he was under the impression that he had hit us in his last attack and was now finishing the job.

    ‘We lay there waiting for him to leave, which he did, and, in view of the solitary attacks so well spaced apart, we were convinced he would not return. It had been marvellously quick thinking, conveyed to a willing team and put into action as if rehearsed.’

    Speaking from his home in Westport in Ontario, Canada, Hargreaves told The Observer: ‘Prince Philip saved our lives that night. I suppose there might have been a few survivors, but certainly the ship would have been sunk. He was always very courageous and resourceful and thought very quickly. You would say to yourself “What the hell are we going to do now?” and Philip would come up with something.’


  • PA Cat April 9, 2021, 1:48 PM

    “Le bon roi Dagobert” is a French children’s song that originated in the 18th century. Dagobert I, King of the Franks from 629 to 634, was immortalized in the nursery rhyme– which features exchanges between the king and his chief adviser, St. Eligius (Eloi in French). The satirical rhymes place Dagobert in various ridiculous settings (none of them historical) from which Eligius’ good advice extracts him. The text of the song became extremely popular as an expression of the anti-monarchist sentiment of the French Revolution.
    Here is an animated version of the French text:

  • PA Cat April 9, 2021, 2:25 PM

    One anecdote about Prince Philip from my grad school years: The Queen and Prince Philip stopped off in New Haven in July 1976 on their way to Washington, D.C., as part of the celebration of our Bicentennial. They were met by then-Governor Ella Grasso and her husband Tom, a high school principal. Grasso was then well-known as the first woman to be elected governor of a state without being the wife or widow of a governor. The Queen and the Governor walked along the edge of the town green with Prince Philip and Tom Grasso following the customary five steps behind. Philip was overheard asking Tom Grasso if he minded having to walk behind his wife. Tom smiled and said, “Compared to riding herd on several hundred noisy teenagers, it’s a piece of cake!” Philip laughed and agreed that Tom had a good point.
    Full disclosure: one of my uncles was a high school principal in Catasauqua, PA, so I can easily understand Tom Grasso.

  • gwbnyc April 9, 2021, 3:53 PM
  • LS April 9, 2021, 4:15 PM

    One more C.S. Lewis quote to round out the discussion (such that it is):

    “‘Would not conversation be much more rational than dancing?”\’ said Jane Austen’s Miss Bingley. ‘Much more rational,’ replied Mr. Bingley, ‘but much less like a ball.’ In the same way, it would be much more rational to abolish the English monarchy. But how if, by doing so, you leave out the one element in our state which matters most? How if the monarchy is the channel through which all the vital elements of citizenship loyalty, the consecration of secular life, the hierarchical principle, splendor, ceremony, continuity-still trickle down to irrigate the dust bowl of modern economic statecraft?”

  • Bunny April 9, 2021, 5:13 PM

    The pageantry was glorious, the gossipy click bait is splendid and C.S. Lewis was writing for a different time and audience. “The consecration of secular life,” really? Remember, we’re talking Randy Pedo Andy, Charles I Wish I Was A Tampon In Your Pants, MeAgain Markle and more adultery and divorce than you can shake a stick at–let alone elite enthusiasm for depopulation of their subjects. It’s hard to have a respectable monarchy in the Internet/Tabloid Age. If the shine is off the institution, the royals have only themselves to blame.

  • Nori April 9, 2021, 5:57 PM

    Interesting story of HMS Wallace and its 1st Lt. As is the wry photo;he looks like a young Sir Francis Drake. No wonder the future Queen fell hard for him.
    We can quibble about the Monarchy’s place in modern times,but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her beloved Prince Philip have carried out their responsibilities and duties with unmatched grace and dignity. Despite the clownish and creepy antics of royal offspring.
    Besides,our American goobermint is looking more like a worn-out pay-for-play painted tart than the Republic that broke from England;we’re living in a glass house built on a foundation of cards.

    Heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty,and to the people of Great Britain.
    A Lion has passed.

  • Casey Klahn April 9, 2021, 9:23 PM

    A very little bit over a century ago, the world was throwing off the monarchies at a costly and quick rate. It’s not all the Great War was about, but it’s a big part. You will note that the UK was on the side that opposed imperialism; the nationalist side.
    Just a thought, there.
    After the next big war – the one the queen and Prince Phillip are known for serving in, the UK divested itself of a bunch of territories and holdings.
    It’s incredible to think of the history Phillip lived through and inside of. The stuff of this history is thick as standing tar; it is monumental and bewildering in its greatness. Seriously – the times from 1921 until now are almost incomprehensible. If I ever come to an understanding of the times we inhabit in the here and now, I hope for some modicum of grace to embrace it, and not be destroyed by the “now”. Which is kind of an analogy for bearing your times with grace. Some royals are better than others, I guess.

    England may be the monarchy we beat for independence, but at this late date they have also been an ally in really bald times. My respects.

    CS Lewis: thanks, team. You cannot do better than Lewis for putting words to the era. And, in my mind, he’s relevant for some time to come.

  • Annie Rose April 10, 2021, 5:10 AM

    The man was a well known, unapologetic, bigot and racist. He actively participated in globalist/ environmental groups and desired for the deaths of humans, so that rainforests and animals could survive. He wasn’t joking about being reincarnated after death into a deadly virus that would depopulate the earth. This past year must have been one of his happiest years, as innocents were murdered by the Chi-Com virus and he knew that he would soon contribute to his heart’s desire by dying.

  • Webutante April 10, 2021, 6:21 AM

    I loved Prince Phillip’s combination of duty and irascible spirit. He was dashing, durable, politically direct and looked the part in every way. May he rest in peace.

    I too remember the queen’s coronation in 1953 and was completely taken with the pomp and ceremony! So civilized!

  • MeAgain April 10, 2021, 7:06 AM

    Prince Charming…
    “The incident happened at a tree planting event in Hyde Park, and involved a then 15-year-old army cadet who was blinded in an IRA bombing. The boy, Stephen Menary, had been asked by the Queen how much sight he had left, to which Prince Philip responded, ‘Not a lot, judging by the tie he’s wearing.’”
    On Unemployment
    “Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed.”
    To a Parking Attendant Who Didn’t Recognize Him
    “Bloody silly fool!”

  • Auntie Analogue April 10, 2021, 12:03 PM

    Prince Philip? File under: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To.