Prince Philip’s secret admirer REVEALED: How Duke of Edinburgh was lusted after in 1961

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Prince Philip’s secret admirer REVEALED: How Duke of Edinburgh was lusted after in 1961

Prince Philip has been hailed as “physically spotless” by a Royal admirer who witnessed the Prince of Edinburgh and the Queen as a child during their 1961 tour of Sierra Leone.

The Royal couple visited the African nation only once during the Queen’s brief reign of the country, which lasted from 1961 to 1971.

The monarchy was then abolished in Sierra Leone, and the country became a republic within the Commonwealth.

The monarchy was abolished in Sierra Leone in 1971 when the country became a republic (Image GETTY)
The monarchy was abolished in Sierra Leone in 1971 when the country became a republic (Image GETTY)

Yet, during their landmark visit, despite the Queen’s newfound status after having assumed the role of Queen of Sierra Leone the very same year, it was Prince Philip who drew the most attention.

Irene, a former resident of Sierra Leone, told ITV how she swooned over the young Prince during the Royal procession following their arrival.

As for Prince Philip, he is spotless physically speaking, spotless

Irene

Recounting what she was thinking during the momentous occasion, she said: “What we were saying was welcome to the Queen, the Queen is so beautiful.

“And as for Prince Philip, he is spotless physically speaking, spotless.

“Some of us were hoping that we would grow up to have somebody as good looking as Prince Philip.”

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Sierra Leone in 1961 (Image GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Sierra Leone in 1961 (Image GETTY)

Irene caught a glimpse of the strapping Royal during the Queen’s welcome procession, in which many children were required to take part.

Commenting on the event, she said: “We were given flags and we were told to line the streets, it was like she was coming from far away because we were in Freetown, and we had never travelled before.

“Suddenly someone was coming all the way from England.”

She remembers how school children were required to learn songs ahead of the Royal couple’s visit, and sung them upon the Queen’s arrival to offer a rousing welcome to the west African nation.

She said: “We had to learn some songs for the Queen’s visit.”

Recounting some of the lyrics, Irene sung: “Welcome to our glorious Queen, welcome to Queen Elizabeth, Queen fine, beauty shine, look what Prince Philip collect.”

The Queen assumed the position of Queen of Sierra Leone in 1961 after the country became an independent realm by the Sierra Leone Independence Act 1961.

The Queen inspected the troops of the Royal Sierra Leone Regiment in Freetown (Image GETTY)
The Queen inspected the troops of the Royal Sierra Leone Regiment in Freetown (Image GETTY)

This transformed the British Crown Colony of Sierra Leone into an independent member of the Commonwealth.

Dancers performed traditional routines for the Royal couple in the city of Bo (Image GETTY)
Dancers performed traditional routines for the Royal couple in the city of Bo (Image GETTY)

The Queen ceased to be Monarch of Sierra Leone in 1971 when the monarchy was abolished in favour of a republic, with the President acting as head of state.

Queen Elizabeth visited Sierra Leone on the Royal yacht Britannia (Image GETTY)
Queen Elizabeth visited Sierra Leone on the Royal yacht Britannia (Image GETTY)

The Queen and Prince Philip visited the west African nation on the Royal yacht Britannia from November 25 1961 to December 1.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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