Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Royalty

The real story behind Prince Philip’s infamous ‘slitty-eyed’ remark during 1986 China visit

  • Philip told British students they risked going ‘slitty-eyed’ if they stayed in China, referencing the Chinese saying that youngsters who stay too long in the West may go ‘round-eyed’
  • His quip caused a furore in the UK but not in China. British headlines included ‘Philip gets it all Wong’ and ‘The Great Wally of China’

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arriving at Guangzhou Airport in China in 1986. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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