By Emily Batty and James Bryce in Gibraltar
PRINCE Edward showed he had his father’s risque sense of humour during a walkabout in Gibraltar, as part of a three-day visit to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
On a short walk up the British enclave’s Main Street alongside his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, hecould not resist cracking a joke to a wheelchair user who had been patiently waiting to see them.
On seeing the woman, he sidled over and joked she was ‘lucky’ she had brought her chair.
In shades remarkably similar to the sort of risque jokes his father Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh is famous for, the woman fortunately laughed it off.
In total, the pair spent over an hour chatting to shop owners and bunting-waving children, amid a sea of union flags.
They made a particular effort to chat to 91-year-old Gibraltarian Aurelio Montegriffo, who dined with the Queen when she visited the Rock in 1954.
During the first day of a Rock tour to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the prince told a reporter that ‘it was lovely to be in Gibraltar’.
Wherever they went they received an enthusiastic welcome from well-wishers.
The crowds enthusiastically waved their flags of red, blue and white and broke into the Gibraltar and British anthems as the royals arrived at the Convent to meet Chief Minister Fabian Picardo at 2pm.
“The people of Gibraltar have done themselves proud,” said Picardo.
“We wanted to show Her Majesty our respect, affection and loyalty in her Diamond Jubilee year and the people of Gibraltar have come out in droves to welcome our Royal visitors.”
During the three-day visit they are set to take in a wide variety of sites.
On arrival today they inspected a Tri-Service Guard of Honour at RAF Gibraltar before laying the foundation stone for the Diamond Jubilee Monument.
On Tuesday they are set to visit the British Forces HQ, the Upper Rock and attend the Queen’s Birthday Parade, before finishing with a tour of the new airport terminal on Wednesday morning.
The visit has caused tension between Britain and Spain, with the current fishing dispute showing no signs of being resolved.
“I said from the outset that this visit was deeply unfortunate,” reiterated Spain’s foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.
Algeciras mayor Jose Ignacio Landaluce, added: “The royal visit has sullied the atmosphere.
“This land is ours and it’s a tense situation. It is a most inopportune moment for them to come.”