It would be hilarious to hear what Prince Philip thinks of this. But I guess you can imagine.
A classic picture of the prince accompanies the story. He is arriving at a horse race with his granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, who is sporting a polka-dotted dress.
Above is a picture of the prince with Queen Elizabeth. I have to say this, the queen always looks pretty happy with him. Admittedly I am just a casual now-and-then onlooker but that is how it looks to me. She seems always to have loved him...
Prince Philip is the longest-serving royal consort in England's history. The runner-up is George III's wife, Charlotte.
Another thought has struck me and then we will leave the matter of the royals for the time being.
At Budwey's yesterday buying Shur-Fine Diet White Birch Beer, there on a tabloid cover is the new princess, William's wife, what's her name, Kate Middleton. And a big story on what she was wearing.
I stopped for a moment from brooding about the slowly, insidiously, rising price of Shur-Fine diet pop -- did they think I would not notice, that it goes up 50 cents every week, for a 12-pack? -- and I thought for a moment about Kate and her fashions.
This is it for her, I thought. I hope she likes it.
Because guess what, this is her life!
I am not feeling sorry for her. As Howard said memorably once, about Princess Diana, "Whatever she went through, it can't have been worse than a job."
I am just saying.
The younger set of royals, they all just strike me as kind of dumb, I am sorry. Likable but dumb. You never hear them mention any classical music they like or any instrument they play or any poet. They are all about fashions and nightclubs.