Revealed: How Prince Philip left visitors 'gobsmacked' with surprise skill

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been married for 72 years so far. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are currently in Balmoral, where they traditionally spend their summer break with the rest of the Royal Family. Although the Duke has gained a reputation over the years for his gaffes and ill-timed jokes, Philip has astonished visitors with his  quick grasp of complex technical details. 

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Royal biographer Penny Junor, in her 2005 book “The Firm” takes a look at one incident at Royal Ascot.

Ms Junor writes: “The Duke always accompanied the Queen to Ascot, and most members of the Royal Family attend some stage of the meeting – supporting Royal Ascot is expected – but none of them is as enthusiastic about racing as the Queen, and none begins to share her knowledge. 

“However, her husband and eldest son have plenty to say about the new building.

“The Duke has been particularly interested in the technical details.”

Prince PhilipThe Duke of Edinburgh (Image: Getty)

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince PhilipThe Queen and Prince Philip erlier this year at Lady Gabriella Windsor's royal (Image: Getty)

The famous racecourse underwent redevelopment in 2005, and the Duke of Edinburgh “gobsmacked” its chief architect with his technical knowledge. 

Ms Junor continues: “The main reason for the redevelopment is because the racecourse has become so popular in recent year that crowd circulation has become a problem.

“It was a problem, ironically, that the architect Rod Sheard also had in one particular part of the new design.

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