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‘Is that a terrorist?’ Prince Philip’s joke after seeing bearded man at Sandringham

PUBLISHED: 20:06 31 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 01 January 2018

Prince Philip pictured when they left the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church this year. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

Prince Philip pictured when they left the Christmas morning service at Sandringham Church this year. Picture: PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD

The Duke of Edinburgh is known for his punchy one-liners and cracking jokes with well-wishers on public outings.

But one man stood out from the crowd at Sandringham on New Year’s Eve and was made the butt of a joke after Prince Philip spotted his long beard.

The man, who was joined by his partner and young daughter, was stood near the entrance of Sandringham House.

At 11am, Prince Philip and Princess Anne emerged and walked a few hundred yards towards St Mary Magdalene church.

As many people in the crowds were applauding and wishing them both a happy New Year, the Duke of Edinburgh was drawn to the bearded man.

He pointed at the white man and jokingly asked a royal bodyguard: “Is that a terrorist?”

The bearded man, who left Sandringham with his family before he could be identified, overheard the comment and laughed.

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