At the rate that Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth of Britain, is hitting the news for his jokes, he could give any court jester a run for his money. On Wednesday, the Joke (Duke) of Edinburgh once more made the frontpages of British dailies when he joked that the Philippines must be half-empty because the other half is working as nurses in his country.
He made the remarks when he saw a Filipina nurse at a new cardiac center that he inaugurated. Although the remark did not offend the nurse or the 100-million strong Filipinos (10 million of whom are spread in more than 80 countries overseas), it highlighted the 91-year-old royal's jovial character and deep sense of humour, although at times it has caused embarrassment to Buckingham Palace.
His jokes are not all the time verbal. At one recent royal wedding, he did not even need to open his mouth to elicit laughter. These series of photos are the best proof.
He did, however, had to open another orifice and break wind in the process. While such a call of nature would have remained unnoticed, the apparent strong odour elicited a reaction from the other royals, who were garbed in their finery.
The prince's propensity to crack jokes are well documented, both in print and video. Here are some samples.
In 2009, while the Queen and Prince Philip had U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle as guests, and Mr Obama was recounting the busy day he had meeting with British politicians, Chinese leaders and Russians, the duke asked, "Can you tell the difference between them?"
In this day and age of political correctness, the prince had been quoted making wisecracks about British students having slitty eyes after staying too long in China or a fuse box sloppily put in place probably being installed by an Indian.
In a visit to Australian in 2002, he asked William Brin, an indigenous leader, "Do you still throw spears at each other?"
His jokes aren't just about foreigners, but also includes members of the royal family. When once asked if he knew of Scilly Isles, located off the coast of Cornwall, the prince replied, "Yes, my son owns them."
Actually, the royal offspring are now in their sixties and fifties, while the grandchildren are starting to build their family, which probably prompted a cartoonist to think the royal couple is living in an empty nest
which leaves the Queen with enough time to chide her husband whenever he steps out of royal bounds.
Actually, it is not just cartoonists' imagination since the royal pair has been caught by the cameras in candid shots that seem to indicate ennui.
Maybe it has something to do with their boring royal duties such as cutting ribbons and drawing curtains.
Thus, there are some comparison of the prince with a Simpsons' character
Even when alone, the prince strikes a naughty grin
although sometimes, the joke could be on him.
Speaking of being stripped, here's one of his strip club jokes while visiting Sea Cadets in Devon.
His jokes at the hospital didn't end with the Filipina nurse. After he was given a gold-plated stent, the duke said he was happy to have a spare one. The prince had a stent placed in his body in December 2011 due to a blocked artery.
His half-empty joke is his first gaffe in 2013, although pundits believe it won't be his last.
The prince is not the only political personality known for his sense of humour. Some end up being the laughing stock because of their weakness.
For instance, former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle is often the subject of jokes because of his poor spelling ability.
which made video enthusiasts create a collection of his bloopers.
Another classic is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's weak grasp of geography.
Then there is also former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, whose broken English is legendary that his grammatical lapses were compiled in a book titled Eraptions from his screen name "Erap."
Kidding aside, the Queen seems to be so used to her hubby's sense of humour, which is understandable since she had been married to a funny guy, a prince at that, for about six decades.