Prince Philip makes Basra visit

#1
The Duke of Edinburgh has paid a brief visit to Iraq, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

Prince Philip spent several hours in the city of Basra in the south of the country, visiting soldiers from the Queen's Royal Hussars.

He told them he believed they had the support of the majority of people in Britain - and many in Iraq.

There are currently about 7,000 UK troops in Iraq, down from almost 50,000 when coalition forces invaded in 2003.

The prince handed out recent promotions and addressed the troops.

He said: "It's a great pleasure to see you here.

"As you can imagine, everybody at home - as you know perfectly well - has been following what's been going on in this part of the world

"And I think most of us (have) a great deal of sympathy for those of you...at the sharp end, who are trying to do your best to make life civilised and tolerable for the locals.

"And I'm quite sure that a great many locals do very much appreciate what you're trying to do for them."

The prince also told the troops that he could not thank them "on behalf of anybody," but did say they had done a "fantastic job, and I hope you will all get home safely and have some well-earned leave".

On Sunday Defence Secretary Des Browne said Iraqi forces in the south could be capable of taking control of security in a year's time.

And shadow foreign secretary William Hague said UK plans in Iraq should be reviewed to match the strategy rethink in the US.
Source: BBC News
 
#5
He's a legend. Surely he must have said something totally un pc. That's why he's so liked, says what he means not what he's meant to say. Quality...
 
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Cowhead said:
He's a legend. Surely he must have said something totally un pc. That's why he's so liked, says what he means not what he's meant to say. Quality...
Watch the video of him making his address, I'm sure there's a slight pause when he says 'locals' ,perhaps he's toying with the idea of inserting a more colourful term to describe the good people of Basra!
 
#8
Hats off to Prince Philip. At least the guys in Basra have been visited by someone who has been to war unlike Tone with his chinos and open necked shirt.

Not many people of his age would relish such a journey, so we should be doubly thankful.

Hip, hip...
 
#10
Purple_Flash said:
Hats off to Prince Philip. At least the guys in Basra have been visited by someone who has been to war unlike Tone with his chinos and open necked shirt.

Not many people of his age would relish such a journey, so we should be doubly thankful.

Hip, hip...
Ditto, the man has been there and done it in aces!
 
#11
First thing I saw when I put the TV on this morning.
Well done Phil the Greek, shows our political masters, just who your normal men like to see.
john
Eighty what and still showing care and affection for the men out doing their DUTY.
 
#12
Good on him, though I wouldn't be at all surprised if he asked to borrow a Snatch and a driver to go out hunting some fuzzy-wuzzies. :D
 
#16
We will never know but I bet he was extremely pished off at criticism regarding HM speaking to an albeit foreign soldier home from Iraq. He will have asked some pertinent questions and his bullshine detector is always first class.
With that as background, I imagine POTUK will not suffer coffee induced caffeine shock to his heart next time he goes to Buck House.
Oh doesn't that say it all about the moaning bstards. He goes to Mall, not that lady to No 10!
 
#19
Once again the Royals showing their grit. Well done to you sir, nice to know we're appreciated.
 
#20
What's the betting he had a couple of Purdeys and his favourite loader from Balmoral in the back of the wagon, just in case the locals got frisky? Bloke's a one off! :D
 

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