Prince Philip ‘cancelled’ Queen Victoria tradition says Jobson
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At 6ft 9, Mr Kawczynski, who towered over both the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth, met the royal couple on a number of occasions and recalled the amusing encounter as he paid tribute to the Prince, who died on Friday at the age of 99. Mr Kawczynski, the Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, told Express.co.uk: “I met him on a number of occasions.
“And what they did, which is brilliant, is when I first met them in the Palace, the Queen joked, straight away with me about the huge difference in height.
“You’d need to check this but the Queen must be 5ft 3 or 4.
“When we stood together I sort of towered over her and Prince Philip just cracked the joke, completely put me at ease by teasing me and the Queen and getting us to stand back to back!
He said: ‘Crikey, what’s the weather like up there, titch?!
“He said: ‘Crikey, what’s the weather like up there, titch?!’
“Why you were agreeing to see your sovereign for the first time, it’s a very daunting experience, and you obviously are very cognisant of who you are seeing.
“And the beauty of Prince Philip is he would use that typical British sense of humour, ribbing, he would rib you to put you at your ease.
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“He says those sorts of things, and of course you’re not expecting something like that from the consort to the sovereign.
“And it is all designed to put you at your ease and I appreciated it.”
Assessing the Duke’s historical significance, Mr Kawczynski said: “There are 195 countries in the world, out of those 195 countries there are 44 monarchies.
“Out of those 44 monarchies, Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state in 16.
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“There was no other person on the planet, out of a population of seven billion who the head of state of 17 countries.
“In addition to being head of state of the country she has the 16 British Overseas Territories, as well.
“Now when you think of the post Brexit contracts the extraordinary global reach of the Commonwealth, that represents a third of the world’s population is potentially going to give to the United Kingdom in creating global Britain, and how we engage with these countries, the Queen and Prince Philip, have more than any other institution or individual cemented Britain’s modern-day relations between Britain and these countries.
“And whether it is, whether it’s the Cayman Islands or whether it’s New Zealand or whether it’s Canada, whether it’s the Falkland Islands they have been at the very centre.”
Mr Kawczynski added: “Politicians are transient figures, and it is that consistency of building up a relationship between the Royal Family and these countries that have resulted in them continuing to be British orbit and without that they would have fallen apart so, of course.
“So course it’s a huge loss but I am sure that Prince Philip will have instilled in Prince William, the mechanics of the ingredients of what made him such a successful Prince.
“I have every confidence that that will pass on this generation, to Prince William and Kate.
“I think they are very good at it and learning all the time.
“I had one lady who responded to my tweet about the Royals by saying they cost £70million year.
“But that is drop on the ocean when you think about our GDP when you think of what they do and when you think about the staggering success of their brand.”
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