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フィリップさん、90歳に

2011.06.10
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エリザベス女王のだんな、フィリップさんは今日、90歳の誕生日を迎えた。単純に、凄いことだと思う。いろいろ書きたいことはあるけど、時間がないのでBBCの記事をそのまま。

Prince Philip turns 90 and vows to 'slow down
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13722857

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.

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 and the 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 Duke of 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 wartime 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.


Prince Philip's 90th Birthday: Duke of Edinburgh's best gaffes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/prince-philip/8567146/Prince-Philips-90th-Birthday-Duke-of-Edinburghs-best-gaffes.html

 いつか終わりが来るだろうけど、日本と同様、国民のことなど全く考えていない政治家が足元にも及ばないほど、イギリスのことを世界に紹介してきたフィリップさん。楽しい一日を。

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Comment

- Yoshi

こんにちは。

フィリップ殿下は、結構色々失言があり、racistだと非難する人も多いようですね。でも実際のケースをネットの記事などで見てみると、公人としてはナイーブというか、politically correctではないけど、本当に人種差別意識を持っているとは言えないと思います。そう言うことも含め、王室を気軽に非難したり、応援したりの両方が出来る点は、英国王室は国民に近く、言論も自由であると感じます。日本の天皇家は、その点、籠の鳥で、国民からとても遠く、可哀想な感じがしますね。 Yoshi
2011.06.11 Sat 10:56 URL [ Edit ]

- 守屋

Yoshi さん

 こんにちは。6月なのに、寒い日が続きますね。

 先日、東北の被災地を訪問した皇太子夫妻の写真を見ました。雅子さんの、「人のために何かができる」喜びを感じる、被災した皆さんを励ます意味での笑顔が、とても印象に残りました。政治家が足の引っ張り合いで役立たずなのですから、皇室の皆さんがもっと外に出ることはいいことだ感じます。そのためにも、彼らが自由とプライヴァシィを持つべきですね。
2011.06.12 Sun 11:48 URL [ Edit ]

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