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That the world’s most famous and respected head of state continues to enjoy her record reign is down to the unstinting support of the man who swore to be her ‘liege man of life and limb’.
In both cases, a foreign-born consort would help elevate a young Queen to greatness and make a substantial contribution to public life along the way.
Most of his best-known ‘gaffes’ actually started life as good-humoured attempts to break the ice with tongue-tied strangers.
As the Duke himself has often remarked, the inherent danger of breaking the ice is that you sometimes fall through it.
Along the way, his plain talking and ready wit have certainly added to the gaiety of the nation.
Two books are devoted entirely to the sayings of the man who coined the word ‘dontopedalogy’ — the art of putting one’s foot in one’s mouth.