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Memories of Prince Philip

Major Philip Wright OBE, formerly Grenadier Guards, remembers a time in 1950 when he was 10 years old and Prince Philip lent him a pair of flippers in a swimming pool in Cyprus. As Philip recalls, Prince Philip ‘... was commanding HMS Magpie ….. and the ship called in on Cyprus as part of the Mediterranean fleet. My father, Sir Andrew Wright, was Governor and Prince Philip visited us in Government House. My father said “any time you want to use the swimming pool, do come and use it”. One night Prince Philip’s evening swim coincided with mine. He had “frog feet” and I’d never seen them before. He said they belonged to his uncle, Lord Mountbatten’. Philip Wright, wearing Prince Philip’s flippers ‘flip flopped up and down the pool’ until a governess appeared and shouted ‘It’s time to get out now, Philip!’ The Prince looked up sharply. ‘I think he thought she was talking to him’.

With thanks to The Daily Telegraph

Major Philip Wright, formerly Grenadier Guards

                                                                                                     

 

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