Apr 23, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and the Loch Ness Monster

The recent passing of Britain’s beloved Prince Philip has resurrected paranormal stories of the royal’s interest in UFOs and Pacific island cult that worshiped him as a god who left to marry a powerful woman and then come back to care for them. Now comes some lesser known stories of Philip’s connections to the Loch Ness monster. How did he find the time to do his job? (Insert “What job?” comments here.)

The tale of Philip and Nessie begins after WWII, when people could once again focus on something other than Hitler and turned to looking for a different monster in Loch Ness. While Scots feared someone would kill their icon and display it in London, Philip, by now married to the queen, was said to be more concerned with a military angle to the legend and suggested bringing in the Royal Navy to investigate it. As with all things involving the royal couple, it’s said Elizabeth shared Philp’s interest in and concern about the Loch Ness monster.

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Looks like he'd rather be looking for Nessie

In the early 1960’s, Sir Peter Scott, a war hero and renowned conservationist and naturalist, took advantage of that interest and a connection to the queen’s assistant private secretary to approach them with his proposal to lead a scientific research project on the alleged cryptid. In return for their support, Sir Peter was said to have promised to name the creature “Elizabethia Nessiae” in her honor. Not surprisingly, there was some concern.

“If there is any question of naming the animal after the Queen, there must of course be absolutely irrefutable evidence of its existence. It would be most regrettable to connect Her Majesty in any way with something which ultimately turned out to be a hoax. Even if the animal does prove to exist I am not at all sure that it will be generally very appropriate to name it after Her Majesty since it has for so many years been known as ‘The Monster’.”

Good point. Scott never received royal support nor funding, so in 1962 he co-founded the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau, and later proposed the scientific name Nessiteras rhombopteryx for the Loch Ness Monster so that it could be registered as an endangered species. Co-founder and Conservative MP David James also contacted Prince Philip, who directed him to the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defense, who discussed lending them sonar equipment and expertise but no military resources.

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Isn't that the gentleman who wanted to name the Loch Ness monster after me? Why does he still have his head?

Did Prince Philip pass his interest in Nessie on to the next or future generations of royals? It doesn’t appear than Charles has the same fascination as his “Papa” with UFOs or monsters, although he has been to the Pacific island to meet the cult. Oprah didn’t bring the subject up with Prince Harry and the rest of the family seems to be infatuated with other things. It appears the royal interest in the Loch Ness monster ended with the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Maye someone should offer to name it “Camilia Nessiae” or “Loch Ness Megan.”

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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