If your Spouse is the Queen but you aren’t the King… :)

Hello?! Are they serious? :) A plaque on the granite floor at the entrance to Trinity Church near Wall Street, New York City.

The historically significant episcopalian church traces its beginnings to the very late 1600’s, and is also the church that eventually set up Trinity School, and would grant the land for King’s College, now known as Columbia University, according to their website, here… For movie buffs, it was the church used in “National Treasure” under which was hidden the billions and billions worth of treasure…

It has a small graveyard next door. Prime real estate for bones these days. But back to the plaque — did they have to mention the Prince at all? Yipes. :)

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21 Responses

  1. “did they have to mention the Prince at all? Yipes. :)” – my exact reaction upon reading the plaque. :))

  2. imagining just how tough it is being married to the queen … maybe “backstage” is an altogether different story.

  3. bearhug, it has nothing to do with owning, building or maintaining the footpath or the granite. It has to do with the content (or lack of it, or irrelevance of it) of the plaque with respect to the Prince… :)

  4. It’s probably their way of acknowledging the Prince’s presence without breaking protocol. “The Sovereign’s precedence is absolute.” Prince Philip is always second. :)

  5. Queen Elizabeth is well loved here, but I find Prince Phillip more endearing especially his sense of humor, as Prince Consort he will always be second best to the Queen, he even has to walk 2 steps behind her, but their love story is so enduring, and besides that’s the life Prince Philip had chosen and he loves it and his queen.

  6. Maybe theres a reason why that plaque was on the floor ..so when the prince passes on it he can spit there.

  7. funny, former stomping grounds for 12 yrs— home was a coupla blocks away (john/bway & 12 floors up above bourdain’s les halles) incidentally, my alma matter that had since moved 130 — or some odd — blocks up ;-)

  8. There’s nothing really wrong about the plaque, except for the addition of “stood nearby”. Prince Philip is said to have a sense of humour, so maybe he said something in jest at the time and the church wanted to remember it?

  9. Let’s see. I suspect they ran into trouble when they could not decide which to emphasize; memorialize the Queen of England’s visit, signal the importance of the very spot where she stood and at the same time also mention that she did not come alone but in fact, accompanied by Prince Philip. In a secular and egalitarian world, none of these three facts would have mattered at all. That’s why I suspect, it strikes us all as so funny.

  10. i’ve been working couple blocks away from trinity church for almost 10 years and never noticed that plaque. thanks for posting that. I’m going to find that plaque first thing in the morning on Monday when I get off the subway :)

  11. That is Prince Philip’s life in one very short sentence. His sense of duty and loyalty are absolute..it cannot be easy for him.

  12. i say women power! is it so insulting to be subjugated to the queen? if it were the other way around, no one would think twice

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