Prince Philip very randy as a young sailor old friend says

first_imgThe Duke of Edinburgh may be renowned for his own quick quips. Today, he was outdone by an old friend who proclaimed him “very randy” as a young naval officer.Former naval commander Keith Evans, 97, who served alongside Prince Philip in the late 1940s, joked about the Queen’s consort when he visited his old school.Cdr Evans was a pupil at Pangbourne College and the Duke, who surprised the world with his retirement announcement last week, visited the institution with the Queen to mark its centenary. It was the first public engagement undertaken by the Duke after he announced he will retire from public duties in the autumn.Cmd Evans also gave an insight into life in the Navy, describing how he and a senior officer conspired kept the Duke waiting when he wanted permission to visit his future father-in-law King George VI to ask to marry Princess Elizabeth.Cdr Evans recalled. “I happened to be secretary to the captain. The captain, who was a little mischievous, said to me, ‘He is a bit junior to you. Let’s keep him waiting in your office while we have a glass of gin.’ Which we did.” The school was founded in 1917 by shipowner and shipbroker Sir Thomas Lane Devitt as the Nautical College, Pangbourne near Reading.His vision was to prepare boys to be officers in the Merchant Navy but by 1969, with the merchant fleet shrinking rapidly and many boys opting for university, the college shed much of the nautical training in favour of a more traditional academic focus and was renamed Pangbourne College. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Cmd Keith Evans shows Prince Philip an old letter he had sent him Cdr Keith Evans is introduced to the QueenCredit:PA When asked about his recollections of the 95-year-old Duke, he told a reporter: “He was a bit randy but you had better not put that down.”Cmd Evans was questioned further about his quip, agreeing to be quoted, and, in a move worthy of the Duke himself, said the word “very” should be inserted before “randy”.The Duke and Queen were guests of honour at a day of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of Pangbourne College in Berkshire. When the royal couple arrived, the Duke stepped out first from the state limousine and he dutifully waited for the Queen and followed on behind her. The Duke of Edinburgh meets people attending the event at Pangbourne CollegeCredit:Andrew Matthews/PAcenter_img Nestled in rolling fields on the outskirts of the Berkshire town of Pangbourne, the fee-paying school has been visited by the Queen four times in the past with her first coming in 1943, when she was Princess Elizabeth. Cmd Keith Evans and Prince Philip at Pangbourne College The Queen was wearing an ensemble by Angela Kelly, a pastel tweed dress and coat in shades of pale pink, mint and gold and a matching hat, she also wore a diamond Tiger-Lilly brooch.After meeting local dignitaries the royal couple attended the centenary service in the school’s Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel. Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit Pangbourne College The Duke of Edinburgh meets people attending an event at Pangbourne College Cdr Keith Evans is introduced to the Queen The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit Pangbourne College on TuesdayCredit:Stuart C. Wilson/Gettylast_img

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