Tony Robinson details Prince Philip meeting and knighthood after ‘forgetting’ vital move

Prince Philip funeral: Expert discusses 'small family gathering'

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Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson, 74, met the Duke of Edinburgh when he and the Time Team did some digging at Buckingham Palace in 2006. The event, timed to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday, happened as part of archaeological investigations in three Royal gardens.

The actor recalled the moment the royal told him the team would find “b****r all” during their investigation.

Speaking exclusively to Express ahead of his new short mini-documentary with Checkatrade, he said: “I’ve met them both [Prince Philip and the Queen] before, but with the Time Team we actually dug in the garden of Buckingham Palace once.

“I said to the Duke of Edinburgh, ‘What do you think we will find?’ And he said ‘b******r all’ and he was right.”

He added of the late royal: “I’ll be very happy if I live to his age, that’s a remarkably good age to live to.”

On his meeting with the Queen, he added she was “brisk and professional”.

Prince Philip died aged 99 “peacefully” at his home earlier this month. His socially distanced funeral took place last Saturday.

Back in 2013, Tony was knighted at Buckingham Palace by Prince William.

At the time, he said “a little bit” of his Blackadder character Baldrick crept in during the ceremony. 

“I messed it up completely,” he divulged. “I forgot that you were supposed to bow at the beginning, I was just stood there and I was looking at HRH and he was looking at me.

“I stepped forward and knelt. Then I went the wrong way.”

Reflecting on the special day, he said it “was an extraordinary honour to be picked out as someone who has apparently made a sufficient contribution to our society to get a knighthood”.

But, the actor said the moment “wasn’t as exciting” as other things he had accomplished in his life such as going on the Titanic and being the first person to discover a “lost roman mosaic floor”.

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“As an honour, it was one of the most emotional things that has ever happened to me,” he added.

Discussing life during the coronavirus pandemic, Tony is hopeful for the future after having both vaccines done.

As part of his lockdown schedule, he wrote a new short mini-documentary, which explores how Roman innovations underpin modern-day trades like tiling, roofing, plumbing, glazing and painting.

In the film, the comedian visits Fishbourne Roman Palace in Sussex to discover which Roman features on show are comparative to his own home.

The project was created in collaboration with Checkatrade to mark the launch of their new Roman-inspired TV advert.

Tony was tasked to look into what kind of building techniques the romans used, compared with what we use today.

Discussing his time at the Palace, he said: “They’ve got magnificent mosaics there and they’ve also got loads and loads of pipes and tiles and bricks and underfloor heating.

“What they created is basically what we use today, it’s virtually the same principals, which I think is quite interesting.”

The documentary is available to view here.

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