I can now reveal it was indeed the case. Elizabeth Roberts from Godalming, Surrey, has written saying her father George Willson was a subaltern on the gunboat HMS Calypso and that he helped carry on board the crate with Philip the Greek inside. In 1977, 55 years later, George Willson was summoned to Buckingham Palace and thanked for handling the oranges so gently.
Green seems to be a lucky colour for the Duke of Edinburgh. Apart from his green van and taxi the silver talisman he takes with him whenever he travels by air is wrapped in a green cloth. I am told that nowadays he is becoming rather spiritual and wonder whether green has benign vibrations. Miss Peachblossom, my former soothsayer, was unable to help me on this one. Perhaps a reader can.Reuse content