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Prince Philip had a secret stag party

9Honey logo 9Honey 13/11/2017 Abigail Malbon

We always knew that Prince Philip is one of the cheekier royals, and now it has emerged that the fun-loving Prince threw himself a secret buck’s party before he married the then-Princess Elizabeth.

The Prince, who is approaching his 70th wedding anniversary with the Queen, held an official stag party at the Dorchester Hotel, Central London, the night before the wedding in 1947, where the media were invited to take official pictures.

However, 26-year-old Prince Philip also held his own pre-wedding celebration; a private dinner at the Belfry Club which he hosted for his closest friends. 

Prince Philip. © AP Photos Prince Philip.

The Mirror shared pictures of a seating plan and bespoke menu, which reads: “Dinner to Distant Country Member Lieu. Philip Mountbatten, Royal Navy, who is to be married on the 20th November 1947”.

Included in the Belfry menu is a verse about marriage by Dr Samuel Johnson which reads: “Marriage is the best state for a man in general; and every man is a worse man in proportion as he is unfit for the married state…”

Philip Mountbatten and his guests feasted on foie gras and turtle soup, among other things.

It is believed that most of Prince Philip’s guests were members of the Thursday Club, which met for lunch at Wheeler's fish restaurant in Soho every week. 

Ian Shapiro, a royal memorabilia dealer and expert, said: “They are remarkable items. The humour and sense of fun is clearly evident among Prince Philip’s circle, from the menu art by the renowned Feliks Topolski to the selection of each course.” 

The menu was created by famous painter Feliks Topolski.

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