Prince Philip ‘often unrecognized’ using under-the-radar method of getting to royal engagements

Prince Philip was 'often unrecognized' as he made his way to engagements in London thanks to his surprising choice of transportation

Prince Philip was ‘often unrecognized’ going to engagements. Seen here he officially opens the new Cellarium café at Westminster Abbey
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It turns out Prince Philip was “often unrecognized” thanks to using an under-the-radar method of getting to royal engagements.  

Given how many engagements and tours they’ve undertaken over the years it’s hard to imagine the likes of King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla or the Prince and Princess of Wales going incognito. However, if there’s one prominent royal who knew how to go under the radar on several occasions it was the late Duke of Edinburgh - who apparently took it well. 

Prince Philip’s hilarious response to a “rude” outburst from a youth who failed to recognize him was previously shared by Prince William. Whilst it was also previously revealed that Prince Philip was “often unrecognized” when he was traveling to London engagements. 

Prince Philip In A Panama Sunhat On The Balcony At Beverley Racecourse

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The Duke of Edinburgh - whose title was recently bestowed upon Prince Edward - worked tirelessly for 65 years. He retired from royal duties and spent much of his time at Sandringham from 2017 but back in 2002 when he was still working the Royal Family website posted an extraordinary fact. 

Posting facts about the Queen’s husband they shared the astonishing revelation that Prince Philip used to travel to engagements in London by taxi. Not only that, but it was an “LPG-powered taxi cab” - one that runs on liquified petroleum gas. 

This is a type of fuel which according to the RAC is “recognized as a versatile low-carbon” variety that apparently has reduced CO2 emissions. 

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Known for his passion for conservation and environmental protection throughout his life, this surprising mode of transport certainly seems to be in line with the Duke of Edinburgh’s ethos. It also helped him fly completely under the radar. 

Despite being married to the Queen and a prominent senior royal, the post stated that Prince Philip was “often unrecognized” traveling by taxi. This is perhaps unsurprising given that most people wouldn’t have expected him to do so.

Typically the royals are seen being driven in secure cars or else traveling by private plane such as when several flew up to Aberdeenshire the day the Queen passed away at Balmoral. Occasionally they take the Queen’s beloved royal train to other parts of the country.

King Charles getting off the royal train and Kate Middleton getting out of a car

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As per The Telegraph, Queen herself once said of Prince Philip that he didn’t “take easily to compliments” and last year Queen Camilla praised her father-in-law's “philosophy” during a birthday lunch held for her by The Oldie magazine.

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s philosophy was clear: ‘Look up and look out, say less, do more – and get on with the job’  - and that is just what I intend to do,” she declared.

Even so, it’s intriguing to think that Prince Philip was “often unrecognized” as he traveled by taxi to undertake his important engagements.

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use, Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!