jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 17th April 2021


 1    200                  The monarch owns nearly 200 racing pigeons, which she houses in a luxury loft at her country estate, Sandringham House, in Norfolk, England. But thanks to a recent boom in the region’s peregrine falcon population, the Queen’s swift birds may no longer be able to safely soar around the countryside, according to The Telegraph.

2    £40,000          The Queen’s pigeon loft on the Sandringham estate is subsiding and has rotting timbers and poor flooring. The Queen is splashing out on a luxury new home for the royal pigeons – a palatial 76ft by 12ft timber-framed building costing an estimated £40,000.

3     5,986             The Duke learned to fly all types of aircraft. He gained his RAF wings in 1953, his helicopter wings in 1956 and his private pilot’s licence in 1959. Prince Philip achieved 5,986 hours in 59 types of aircraft. The Duke’s final flight was on 11th August 1997 from Carlisle to Islay, following which he has stopped flying.

4    4 million        The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and International Award were founded by the Duke to introduce young people to new experiences, including physical, skills-based and community challenges. Since 1956 more than four million young people from over 90 countries have taken part.

5     251                 Prince Philip has accompanied The Queen on all 251 of her official overseas visits. The first of these was the Coronation tour of the Commonwealth from November 1953 to May 1954, when they visited countries in the Caribbean, Australasia, Ceylon, Africa and Europe, travelling a distance of 43,618 miles.

6      18,567          The Duke of Edinburgh undertakes many Royal duties. To date His Royal Highness has fulfilled over 18,567 official engagements excluding those accompanying The Queen, an average of 371 each year. In 2001 he undertook 363 solo engagements in the UK and abroad.

7       5th                 The Duke of Edinburgh is only the fifth consort to a reigning queen in British history. Of his predecessors, Philip II of Spain was husband to Mary I. William III was co-Sovereign with Mary II (although she, as daughter of James II, was nearer to the throne). The husband of Queen Anne was not given the title of King, but remained Prince George of Denmark. Prince Albert was created Prince Consort by Queen Victoria in 1857.

8      72,430          The Duke has travelled widely without The Queen during his naval and public working lives. He has made two round-the-world voyages in the Royal Yacht BRITANNIA, visiting some of the remotest parts of the Commonwealth as The Queen’s representative, travelling some 72,430 miles by BRITANNIA. The four-month voyage of 1956-57 included visits to the remote South Atlantic locations of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha, Ascension Island and St. Helena.

9      4,634            The Duke of Edinburgh is a veteran public speaker. His Royal Highness has made 4,632 speeches at meetings, conferences and receptions – an average of around eight speeches a month for 50 years.

10     814              Prince Philip is Patron or President of 814 organisations. The longest-standing association is with the Federation of London Youth Clubs, of which His Royal Highness became Patron in 1947. He has been President of the National Playing Fields Association since 1948.

11         14            He had 14 books published

12       223           The Duke of Edinburgh has undertaken 223 solo visits to 67 Commonwealth countries over the last 50 years.

13       385            And 385 visits to 74 other countries; an average of 12 countries per year, over the last 50 years.

14         75            Some 75 prizes and medals are associated with The Duke of Edinburgh. The most unusual is the Silver Wink award. Students at the University of Cambridge challenged Prince Philip to a tiddlywinks match in 1958. The Duke of Edinburgh appointed the Goons as his Royal champions. The Silver Wink has been awarded by the Duke since 1961 to the winner of the University Tiddlywinks Championships.

15      99                He was born 10th June 1921 died 9th April 2021 – 99 Years 9 months 3weeks 6days

16    £359,000     Prince Philip received a Parliamentary annuity (of £359,000 since 1990[fn 3]) that served to meet official expenses in carrying out public duties. The annuity was unaffected by the reform of royal finances under the Sovereign Grant Act 2011.  Any part of the allowance that was not used to meet official expenditure was liable for tax. In practice, the entire allowance was used to fund his official duties.

17       4                 4 is the number of Children the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II have – Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward.

18       49               Consort of the British monarch – Tenure 6 February 1952 – 9 April 2021, 49 years 2 months. He was the longest-serving royal consort in British history.

19        8                He and The Queen have 8 Grandchildren.

20      10                10 – Great-grandchildren

21      73                The number of years married to the Queen, they married on 20 November 1947,

22      59                He piloted 59 different types of aircraft

23    130                The Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle was repainted in military green at Prince Philip’s request and features an open top rear and special “stops” to secure the coffin in place

24       16               The utilitarian vehicle was a project Philip spent 16 years working on, starting the venture in collaboration with Land Rover in 2003. He made the final adjustments in 2019, the year he turned 98.

25     70th              To celebrate his 90th birthday the Queen appointed him Lord High Admiral of the Royal Navy, the highest title in the organisation. And on their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20 2017, the British monarch also named him Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order for ‘services to the sovereign’.

26   110,000        The number of complaints the BBC received for broadcasting programmes on all channels about the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of his death was 110,000..

27     26                 26 – Age he became the Duke of Edinburgh and married the future Queen

28       1st               Prince Philip was the first President of World Wildlife Fund – UK (WWF) from its formation in 1961 to 1982, and International President of WWF (later the World Wide Fund for Nature) from 1981 to 1996, and then President Emeritus of WWF until his death.

29    3.00pm        To mark the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on 9th April 2021, there will be a national one minute silence at 15:00 on Saturday 17th April.

30       50               The Funeral Service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and is expected to last for approximately 50 minutes.




Who’s who on the guest list for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral?

Here is a look at who has been confirmed as attending:

  1. The Queen
  2. The Prince of Wales
  3. The Duchess of Cornwall
  4. The Duke of York – Andrew will make his first appearance at an official royal event at the funeral since stepping down in 2019 from royal duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.


  1. The Earl of Wessex – Edward, the Queen and Philip’s youngest son, worked closely with his father on his Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.


  1. The Countess of Wessex – Edward’s wife Sophie is being hailed as a great source of comfort for the Queen as she mourns for Philip.


  1. The Princess Royal – Anne, the Queen and Philip’s only daughter, is often seen as the most hard-working member of the royal family.


  1. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence – Anne’s husband is a familiar face at official royal engagements but the dependable royal rarely takes centre stage.


  1. The Duke of Cambridge – Second in line to the throne William – the Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales’s eldest son – has paid tribute to the duke as an “extraordinary man”.


  1. The Duchess of Cambridge – Kate, a future Queen, will be at husband William’s side. It will be the first major royal funeral the duchess has attended.


  1. The Duke of Sussex – Harry, who has rushed back from the US, is self-isolating at Frogmore Cottage.


  1. Princess Beatrice – Beatrice is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.


  1. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi – Beatrice wed millionaire property tycoon Edo, a long-time family friend of the Yorks, in a secret lockdown ceremony last summer, with the Queen and Philip among the handful of guests.


  1. Princess Eugenie – Eugenie is Andrew and Sarah’s youngest daughter and Philip’s death has happened just weeks after the 31-year-old princess became a first-time mother.


  1. Jack Brooksbank – Eugenie’s husband is European brand director of Casamigos Tequila, co-founded by the actor George Clooney.


  1. Lady Louise Windsor – Lady Louise is the 17-year-old daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and was close to her grandparents, particularly the Queen.


  1. Viscount Severn – Lady Louise’s brother, 13-year-old James is the youngest of Queen and Philip’s grandchildren, and lives with his family at Bagshot Park, Surrey, 10 miles from Windsor Castle.


  1. Peter Phillips – The 43-year-old is the eldest son of the Princess Royal and was the duke’s first grandchild.


  1. Zara Tindall – Anne’s daughter gave birth to her third child – the Queen and Philip’s 10th great-grandchild – less than four weeks ago. The champion equestrian rider won a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics with Team GB.


  1. Mike Tindall – Zara’s husband Mike is a former England rugby player, known for his relaxed approach to life and stints on celebrity shows The Jump and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.


  1. Earl of Snowdon – The earl, formerly Viscount Linley, is the eldest child of the Queen’s late sister Princess Margaret.


  1. Lady Sarah Chatto – Princess Margaret’s daughter Lady Sarah has a strong bond with the Queen, who is said to adore her only niece.


  1. Daniel Chatto – Lady Sarah Chatto’s husband Daniel Chatto is an artist and former actor.


  1. Duke of Gloucester – A first cousin of the Queen, Richard cut short his career as an architect to devote his life to royal duties following the death of his older brother Prince William in 1972.


  1. The Duke of Kent – Also the Queen’s first cousin, Edward or “Steady Eddie” – as the royals reportedly call him – carries out his minor role within the family with a dutiful and reliable good grace.


  1. Princess Alexandra – Princess Alexandra, another first cousin, has devoted decades of her life to royal duty and charity work.




  1. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden – Prince Bernhard, 50, is the grandson of the duke’s second sister Theodora.


  1. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse – Prince Donatus, 54, known as Don, is head of the house of Hesse into which the duke’s younger sister Cecile and Sophie married.


  1. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg – Philipp, 52, is the grandson of the duke’s elder sister Princess Margarita.




  1. Countess Mountbatten, Penelope “Penny” Knatchbull



The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet. – Gustave Flaubert



A time for a state funeral…A time for a Covid-19 Lockdown Funeral.


17th April

2021 The funeral of the Due of Edinburgh.

2011 “Game of Thrones”, based on the fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin premieres on HBO.

2012 The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe’s oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds.






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