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Friday, 8 March, 2002, 18:15 GMT
Duke's 'trip' remark to disabled woman
Duke of Edinburgh
Ms Henderson described the Duke as 'very nice'
The gaffe-prone Duke of Edinburgh asked a woman in a wheelchair whether people tripped over her during an official visit to a nursing home in Bristol on Friday.

While touring the home, Prince Philip also asked wheelchair-user Jackie Henderson if she had a licence to drive it.

Australian aborigine
The Duke was criticised for comments to aborigines
The remarks come just days after Prince Philip came under fire for asking Australian aborigines if they still threw spears at each other during a Royal visit to Australia.

Afterwards, Ms Henderson said the Duke had been very nice and she had not been offended.

Prince Philip visited the St Monica Home, which is funded by the Society of Merchant Venturers, to unveil the foundation stone for a new nursing home.

He then toured the site, meeting and chatting with residents and staff.

'Relaxed and pleasant'

Edwin Morgan, who lives at the home, said the Duke was "very relaxed and pleasant".

The 80-year-old described the visit as "very enjoyable" and said Prince Philip had shown genuine interest in finding out what life was like for them there.

The Duke went on to attend a lunch marking the 450th anniversary of the society.

The master of the society, Andrew Densham, said: "We are delighted that his Royal Highness has agreed to help us mark our 450th anniversary in this Jubilee year.

"It is fitting too that he should also visit St Monica as its endowment funds are managed by the society."


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See also:

01 Mar 02 | Asia-Pacific
Prince Philip's spear 'gaffe'
01 Mar 02 | Asia-Pacific
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