Friday, June 10, 2011

Lord High Admiral

Prince Phillip is to my mind the Royal you'd most like to go drinking with. Not only is he worshipped as a god on a small pacific island but he has pretty much pulled in harness as Prince Consort since before India became independent. He has been named Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy for his 90th birthday. He has declared that at ninety he feels he has finally "Done his bit." and should slow down.

I link to what the press likes to call gaffes in the title. In point of fact, this former Greek Orthodox (Church of England now) and member of the Greek Royal Family is simply British Navy of a certain time and place. The bit on the Russians is true. He was born only three years after the Bolsheviks killed the Romanovs.

When he joined the British Navy it was the greatest maritime force in the world and had 900 vessels. Now that he is Lord High Admiral it consists of eighty commissioned ships.

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