Prince Philip's 100th birthday—a look back at the late Duke of Edinburgh's most controversial jokes

Prince Philip certainly had a mischievous sense of humour...

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It's Prince Philip's 100th birthday, and while the late Duke of Edinburgh may no longer be here to celebrate with us, we thought we'd mark the occasion with a look-back at his most shocking jokes over the years. 

On the morning of April 9th, Prince Philip sadly passed away peacefully at his Windsor Castle home, after over 70 years of service to his Queen and country.

During his time by the monarch's side, Prince Philip has celebrated huge achievements, such as the success of the Duke of Edinburgh award, and the Queen's many milestone celebrations, including when she became the longest-reigning monarch.

He too has won the title of longest-serving royal consort, and he and the Queen also incredibly celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary back in 2017.

But aside from these famous accolades, the prince was perhaps most well-known for his cheeky—and often, pretty naughty—side.

He was photographed at official dinner parties and state events all the time, dressed impeccably and appearing to behave with the utmost decorum. However, his wicked sense of humor and quick wit has given him quite a reputation for making occasionally controversial comments.

From Elton John to the women of the Scottish WI, Prince Philip has put his foot in it with people the world over. The late consort was notorious for his cutting remarks—some of which were hilarious, and some of which are best left in the archives of time. 

We've rounded up some of his most questionable quips on what would have been the 100th birthday of his long and eventful life...

1. "It looks like a tart's bedroom"—1988. Prince Philip delivered this cringe-worthy comment when he first saw the plans for the Duke of York's home at Sunninghill Park. We think it's safe to say that this interior design joke has aged about as well as those oak kitchen cabinets of the 1990s.  

2. "It doesn't look like much work goes on at this university"—2005. This observation was overheard at Bristol University's engineering facility. 

3. "Bits are beginning to drop off"—2011. Prince Philip offered this TMI update on his health in the run-up to his 90th birthday. 

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4. "Bugger the table plan, give me my dinner!"—2004. A long wait at a dinner party left Prince Philip feeling a little contrary. 

5. "Yak, yak, yak; come on, get a move on."—1994. It seems there's no one Prince Philip was intimidated by. He shouted this to the Queen from the deck of Britannia in Belize after growing increasingly impatient with her chatting to people. 

6. "British women can't cook"—1961. Prince Philip uttered this sweeping statement on a visit to the Scottish Women's Institute. 

7. "What do you gargle with, pebbles?"—1969. Prince Philip didn't hold back his curiosity when talking to Welsh musician Tom Jones after his Royal Variety Performance. The day after, he added: "It's difficult to see how it's possible to become immensely valuable by singing what are the most hideous songs."

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8. "Young people are the same as they always were. Just as ignorant."—2006. Prince Philip ironically criticized the intelligence of adolescents at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme, a program he founded in 1956 to encourage self-improvement in Britain's youth. 

9.  "I declare this thing open, whatever it is."—1969. Prince Philip didn't seem too bothered about his trip to Canada, letting slip this dismissive remark on his two-week-long trip there in the late sixties. 

10. "Are we going to need earplugs?"—2002. The Duke of Edinburgh had no qualms sharing his disdain for Madonna's voice, offering up this sly dig after discovering she would be singing the Die Another Day theme. 

11. "Cats kill far more birds than men. Why don't you have a slogan: ‘Kill a cat and save a bird?'"—1965. Ever the wildlife enthusiast, Prince Philip suggested this idea at a project to protect turtle doves in the Caribbean island of Anguilla. 

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12. "If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she isn't interested."—1970. Prince Philip revealed just how much his equestrian daughter, Princess Anne, loves horses with this hilarious quip. 

13. "Well, you didn't design your beard too well, did you?"—2009. It looks like Prince Philip wasn't a fan of unconventional facial hair. The traditionalist royal was quick to voice his opinions on the beard trends of the early noughties, making this rather personal remark on designer Stephen Judge's goatee beard at Buckingham Palace

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14. "Oh it's you that owns that ghastly car is it? We often see it when driving to Windsor Castle."—2001. Prince Philip delivered this harsh comment to Elton John in reference to the musician's beloved yellow Aston Martin. Later, at the Royal Variety Performance watching Elton perform, he said, "I wish he'd turn the microphone off."

15. "Bloody silly fool!"—1997. In a very 'Don't you know who I am?' moment, Prince Philip uttered these angry words after a Cambridge car parking attendant failed to recognise him. 

16. "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?"—1995. Prince Philip asked this to a Scottish driving instructor, fuelling the stereotypes surrounding Northern Britain's heavy drinking culture. 

RIP Prince Philip.