THRIFTY Prince Philip continued to wear same the black shoes he used on the day he married the Queen for more than seven decades.
Having first worn the smart leather shoes on his wedding day in 1947, the down-to-earth Duke of Edinburgh donned the same pair at many formal occasions over the years – having the resoled when needed.
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The late Prince Philip wore that very pair of shoes at an event also attended by CBI president Lord Karan Bilimoria in 2011.
“He told me once that he was wearing the shoes from the day that he got married,” Lord Bilimoria told MailOnline.
“We were next to each other and tying up our laces when he told me that those were the same shoes from his wedding day. It was amazing.
“Who knows how many times they would have been re-soled or repaired?
“But they were the original shoes. They were traditional black leather shoes.
“He had had those shoes literally for more than 60 years.
“And that is because of his sentimentality. It was that genuineness which was ever present.”
Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on April 9, will be laid to rest today.
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