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Prince Philip talks about the Welsh language and tattoos

On a visit to Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh couldn’t resist making some of his famous quips just days before he celebrates his 95th birthday.

As he joined The Queen to open a new £44 million neurological centre in Cardiff, he told children that: “You must have really good brains to speak Welsh.”

He also told heavily tattooed neuroscientist Mark Drakesmith: “After undergoing all that, I’m surprised you can feel anything.”

The Duke and Her Majesty toured the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (Cubric), which opened in March and is home to some of the most cutting-edge brain scanner equipment in the world.

Earlier in the day, the couple were joined by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwell as they opened the fifth session of the Welsh Assembly.

Children from Llandaff City Church in Wales Primary School, met the Queen after winning a competition. They said that Prince Philip was “funny” after he joked with them.

One pupil said: “The Queen was really kind, and I liked the Duke. He was funny.

“He asked us if we could speak Welsh, and we said yes. He said, ‘you must have really good brains to speak Welsh’.”

As the royal couple arrived in Cardiff Central Station, 21-gun salute was fired.

On Friday, the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate his 95th birthday.

Last week, there was mild concern for the Queen’s husband after he was forced to pull out of an engagement commemorating the 100th anniversary if the Battle of Jutland following medical advice.

He was said to be disappointed about having to miss the engagement, but a couple of days later was back to work as normal as he met the German President at Buckingham Palace.

Keep visiting Royal Central over the next few days as we bring you a series of special articles celebrating Prince Philip’s birthday.