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What Prince Philip knew about UFOs

The late Prince Philip was so intrigued by flying saucers that he founded a secret observer club and ordered his groom to investigate UFO sightings, but he was still nervous, fearing to cause ridicule for his "eccentric" hobby. Some details of the published book tell what the spouse of the current Queen of Great Britain knew, the Express edition reports.


Prince Philip, who had been fascinated by UFOs all his life, firmly believed that the truth was out there somewhere. He subscribed to the "Flying Saucer Review magazine", studied military reports on this phenomenon, and collected an extensive library of books about UFOs. He even assembled a secret royal club of observers for unidentified flying saucers. Nevertheless, its members have agreed that their interest in unidentified flying objects remains one of the last royal secrets.

In April 1953, a new Royal Air Force equerry, Peter Horsley, joined the Royal family's personal staff. Along with teaching Prince Philip to fly, Horsley shared the secret interest of the Queen consort of Britain.

What Prince Philip knew about UFOs

Prince Philip's private secretary Mike Parker and the most zealous member of the nascent UFO club, General Browning, a pioneer of the airborne troops of Great Britain, also entered there. After a while, they all became enthusiastic UFO fans. During long conversations between team members, they often turned to the latest scientific achievements.

Once Prince Philip commissioned Horsley to investigate a UFO case but did not want this task to lead to publicity. One of his friends Horsley was a Spitfire pilot Desmond Leslie, a representative of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy, who was a relative of Churchill. In 1953, he released a book, the star of the book was a strange character George Adamski, who claimed that last year he received a telepathic message telling him to go to the Mohave Desert. There, oddly enough, he insisted, he met an alien from Venus who brought a message warning Earth of the danger of nuclear conflict.

adamski flying saucer 

In November 1953, Horsley received a phone call from Fighter Command about a possible sighting made by the crew of a night fighter stationed at RAF West Malling in Kent. Having investigated this observation as fully as the available evidence allowed, he submitted the report to Philip, considering it "completely reliable".

He added that the air defense radar apparently confirmed this observation — the object was mapped at about 63,000 feet at about the same time in the same area. Later, the press wrote about the flight, where the captain, crew, and one or two passengers claimed to have seen a UFO flight.

Horsley arranged a meeting with the captain to come to Buckingham Palace, asking him to bring a copy of his written official report. By the beginning of 1954, as a result of such incidents, the UK was at the mercy of the UFO hype. In June of the same year, an article by Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding was published, entitled: "I believe in flying saucers." Since Dowding was a respected military leader, revered along with such figures as Generals Montgomery and Eisenhower, people took his views seriously.

Indeed, the topic was so relevant that in 1956 BBC Panorama devoted a program to the growing number of reports about flying saucers. Other officers of the time close to the royal family were also UFO fans, including Freddie Duke Richmond and Dennis Wheatley, an officer, and writer whose writings greatly pleased George VI.

In 1959, George Adamski, who had become somewhat of a celebrity, went on a lecture tour of Europe and had already received an audience with Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. After the meeting, the president of the Dutch Aviation Association, Cornelis Kolff, said that the Queen had shown "extraordinary interest" in the whole issue. But, she was subjected to considerable ridicule from the Dutch media.


Against this background, the question arose whether the royals wanted Adamski to come to the UK to give a lecture at the University of Birmingham. Fearing such ridicule, Prince Philip refused, confident that in this case, the newspapers would ridicule such a hobby. In the end, members of the royal Horsley Club and Browning met with the writer alone in London.

After this conversation, Horsley did his best to provide Philip with high-quality material about UFOs. Perhaps the strangest outcome of this investigation was Horsley's role in inviting a number of flying saucer witnesses to discuss their experiences at Buckingham Palace, writes Express. The only doors that were closed to members of the club were in Washington, where the CIA refused to share information even with the royal family.

After Horsley left Prince Philip's service, he remained silent about UFOs and Buckingham Palace for 40 years. He returned to active service in the RAF through flight school in Manby, Lincolnshire. In the late 1950s, he served alongside another officer, Kel Palmer. He was the reliable UFO witness that Horsley wanted to bring to Buckingham Palace.

Palmer later told about his fellow pilot, who directly encountered an unidentified flying object, but he himself experienced a similar experience. Early one morning, he was alerted and joined an American colleague flying over the Golden Gate Bridge. Aimed at their target by ground radar, the two pilots expected to detect a Soviet long-range reconnaissance aircraft.

Levelling off at 47,000, I watched with awe, mixed with intense curiosity, as two strange dark disk-shaped ships flew along a parallel track, much higher than us, synchronized in speed for about two minutes

he shared:

Then, with incredible acceleration, the two disks headed west over the Pacific Ocean, disappearing from radar screens in a matter of seconds. After questioning the pilots, they were advised to treat the incident as "never happened".

Private documents show that royal interest in UFOs remained as keen as ever in the 1970s. By that time, the central figure in the royal UFO club was Philip's uncle, Lord Mountbatten. In 1977, he was in transit through Nairobi Airport when he suddenly noticed Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. After a short conversation, the interlocutor told Mountbatten that recently, while heading to the airport in Italy, he noticed two "flying saucers". To which the question arose, and someone else saw it. As it turned out, the objects were seen not only by his driver but also by two policemen, although they did not have time to photograph what they saw.

Of all the members of the royal family, Mountbatten may have been the true believer in aliens ‑ in the 1950s he wrote an official report about an unidentified ship that landed at his Broadlands estate in Romsey, Hampshire. After learning about the incident, the Sunday graphic newspaper wanted to publish an article on the front page, but, like Philip, Mountbatten did not want to make it public.

Flying saucer

Despite this, during his tenure as Chief of the General Staff of the British Defense, he tried to convince the Sunday Dispatch to allocate a group of journalists to investigate this issue, although he asked the newspaper to be careful about his own participation, fearing negative publicity. Being also the chief of the Defense Staff, Mountbatten insisted that one of his closest friends, the scientist Sir Solly Zuckerman, investigate UFOs using the latest British intelligence apparatus.

Mountbatten admitted to Zuckerman that he had long been "fascinated" by flying saucers, and asked if they should be further studied by the Ministry of Defense. To which the answer followed, UFOs are too fleeting - they cannot be fixed.

Similarly, Prince Philip encouraged Zuckerman to investigate the existence of the Loch Ness monster. The timing was rather strange since it fell at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, which did not continue. Unfortunately for the spouse of the Queen of Great Britain, the Navy blocked his requests for further investigation. They had more pressing things to do in the real world.

Members of the royal family loved the latest achievements of science. They used their special access to intelligence and defense science to investigate these phenomena. But they were afraid of ridicule, and those around them did everything possible to hide the existence of the royal UFO observer club.

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Prince Philip  UFOs  Adamski  George Adamski  1953  UFO sightings  UFO witness  unidentified flying object  the royal UFO club  1977  1956  1954

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