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Joking Duke in samurai spirits.

Byline: CLAIRE WALKER

PRINCE Philip is not known for his tact in the face of foreign cultures.

But the Duke of Edinburgh had the world's top female samurai warriors in stitches rather than uproar yesterday.

The Duke and the Queen watched martial arts experts battle it out during the World Kendo Championships in Glasgow.

Admiring the female competitors' heavy padded uniforms, he asked: "Do you have to wear that all day?"

When the women replied that they did, he joked: "It must be good for keeping the weight off then." Kendo experts from more than 40 countries, including the UK, Japan and Korea, have gathered at Kelvin Hall this week.

The UK's Emiko Yoshikawa, 34, said: "He was very funny and made us laugh. It's great to be here and we hope the royal visit will raise the profile of Kendo."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2003
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