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Prince Philip Portrait

In 2004, the artist Stuart Pearson Wright unveiled a portrait of Prince Philip, depicting the bare-chested Duke with a bluebottle fly on his shoulder. Philip was later asked by the artist whether the painting -- entitled "Homo sapiens, Lepidium sativum and Calliphora vomitoria" (Latin for Human, Cress and Bluebottle) -- was a fair likeness. His reply? "I bloody well hope not!"

[After posing for the picture four times, the Duke declined to continue after seeing an early version. Wright used "an elderly gentleman from Bethnal Green" to finish the work. "Gadzooks!" Philip later remarked. "As long as I don't have to have it on my wall..."]

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