Prince Philip and Queen mother Elizabeth enjoyed use of the Royal Yacht Britannia from 1954. It was moulded as a royal residence to entertain guests around the world – but it also check one item that Philip particularly loved. It came from Philip’s uncle The Creator Mountbatten – and is not something one would normally associate with the royal children having. The revelation was made in royal author Kitty Kelley’s book The Queens.
In the Queen’s passageway on the Royal Yacht Britannia, Philip kept a picture of Monarch Mountbatten and actor Cary Grant in Las Vegas.
The two men had posed with two showgirls wrapped in feather boas, Kelley explained.
“In the picture, the two men turned their followings to the camera and so did the showgirls, whose rhinestoned-thonged backsides were without feathers,” wrote Kelley.
“Mountbatten institute the picture of the bare-bottomed showgirls so amusing he had it blown up and hung in the Queen’s passageway on the princely yacht.”
Philip was so delighted with the saucy snap he decided to conserve it on the Britannia.
“Philip, who roared with laughter would not remove it, just for state guests,” said Kelley.
One of the Queen’s private secretaries had a dim consider of the Duke’s penchant for the smutty things in life.
“The Duke of Edinburgh is decidedly lewd, very Germanic,” Kelley quotes the secretary.
She adds: “The la-de-da courtier attributed ‘Philip’s vulgar preoccupation with nudity’ to his ‘Mountbatten provenances.’”
The same secretary said of the painting of the showgirls: “That’s his Germanic concept of art and entertainment – naked buttocks.”
In 1956, Philip set out without the Queen on a forty-thousand-mile itinerary to the South Pacific on the Nobility Yacht Britannia.
He and his companion – equerry Michael Parker – spent a lot of unceasingly a once on the deck of the ship “sunbathing, painting at their easels in the afternoon, and pint gin and tonics in the evening,” according to Kelley.
The pair also had a “whisker-growing struggle to see who could grow the longest beard.”
Queen Elizabeth, who had found out give her husband’s facial hair while away, used this to her upper hand and played a practical joke on the Duke of Edinburgh when he eventually returned profoundly in 1957.
“It was a comedy moment when the Queen and Duke were finally reunited,” Robert Hardman wrote in his enlist Queen of the World.
“Knowing that he had grown a beard on his travels, the Monarch had arranged for everyone in the royal entourage – herself included – to put on fake whiskers lately before the Duke walked in.”