October 28, the Duke of Edinburgh was installed as President of the British Medical Association in London.
October 28, the Duke of Edinburgh was installed as President of the British Medical Association in London. He is the first layman to hold the office.
After thanking his predecessor in office, Sir Arthur Thompson, for his welcome, the Duke-arrayed in academic robes and badges of office - said amid laughter.
Continuing, Prince Philip said that he was to have been installed as President at the joint annual meeting of the British and Canadian Medical Associations in Edinburgh last July, but had been in Canada with the Queen at the time. He had been installed in Toronto as President of the Canadian Medical Association and the two installation ceremonies - although they had suited some people - had left him with two presidential addresses to make. It was like having mumps twice, joked the Duke to further laughter.
In his Toronto presidential speech he had been outspoken in his remarks on the need for Canadians to keep fit, but even so he had a good reception and nothing had been thrown at him. Offering the same advice on fitness to the doctors in his London audience, he hoped they also would receive him politely.
He said that the honour of becoming president had exceeded his wildest dreams, and continued