Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, 94, have travelled extensively during their long lives both together and apart. They have taken all forms of transport, one of which was the Queen’s much-loved Royal Yacht Britannia. The royal pair enjoyed the vessel from 1954; it was designed as a royal residence to entertain guests around the world.
In the photo, Mountbatten and actor Cary Grant were snapped posing with two showgirls swathed in feather boas in Las Vegas, Kelley explained.
“In the picture, the two men turned their backs to the camera and so did the showgirls, whose rhinestoned-thonged backsides were without feathers,” wrote Kelley.
“Mountbatten found the picture of the bare-bottomed showgirls so amusing he had it blown up and hung in the Queen’s passageway on the royal yacht.”
Philip was so delighted with the saucy snap he decided to keep it on the Britannia.
“Philip, who roared with laughter would not remove it, even for state guests,” said Kelley.
One of the Queen’s private secretaries was horrified by the photo.
According to Kelley, she said: “That’s his Germanic idea of art and entertainment – naked buttocks.”
In fact, she is said to have blamed Lord Mountbatten for the Duke’s penchant for smut.
“The Duke of Edinburgh is very lewd, very Germanic,” Kelley quoted the secretary.
She added: “The haughty courtier attributed ‘Philip’s vulgar preoccupation with nudity’ to his ‘Mountbatten origins.’”
Despite this saucy side to Prince Philip, he did not share a bed when travelling with his wife.