THE IRON DUKE

Duke of Edinburgh

It’s reported that the Duke of Edinburgh carried out his last official engagement yesterday … in the traditional pouring rain.

The Duke of Edinburgh at last,
Can sit and think of his days past,
Because he has now just retired –
A different thing from being fired.

For sixty-five years until now,
There’s twenty-two point two o thou,
Engagements he’s done for his pay –
That’s almost one for every day.

And through that time he’s surely been,
Supportive of HM The Queen;
He has done a fantastic job,
And very rarely dropped a blob.

But now at age of ninety-six,
By any measure or metrics,
He hasn’t skimped, he’s done his time,
And earned his place in this Bean rhyme.

But now I’ve got some more to say,
About what happened yesterday.

It rained a lot, it was quite foul,
He gave a smile but not a scowl,
As he strode out past guards arrayed,
Then stood straight as the Anthem played.

For that bit he removed his hat –
A bowler, not a Yorkshire flat –
Then after that, in pouring rain,
He put his hat back on again.

By now ’twas time to set off back,
Resplendent in his soaking mac,
While the band played for this old pro:
For he’s a jolly good fellow!

For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
And so say all of us!

And so say all of us,
And so say all of us,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
For he’s a jolly good fellow,
And so say all of us!

Hip, hip etcetera.

Image – Michael Gwyther-Jones / Flickr

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