Prime Minister Tony Abbott Defends Awarding Prince Philip

January 26, 2015 5:57 AM

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott Defends Awarding Prince Philip

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott spent Monday morning mired in controversy after his office kicked off National Day celebrations by ennobling Britain’s loose-tongued Prince Philip as a Knight of the Order of Australia.

Australians have been long acquainted with the 93-year-old royal, who is notorious for uttering headline-worthy gaffes. During a trip to the Lucky Country in 2002, the Duke of Edinburgh, as he is officially titled, saw fit to ask an Aboriginal man: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”

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