Campaigners say right-wing attempts to singe King of Spain’s beard nothing new

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Campaigners say right-wing attempts to singe King of Spain’s beard nothing new


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has warned that the current furore around Gibraltar as Brexit discussions open may be a ploy by right-wing elements in the Tory Party to launch a fresh attack on the King of Spain’s beard.

King Felipe V1 who sports a salt and pepper beard is thought to be the only serving hirsute European monarch.

Francis Drake, after agreement with Queen Elizabeth 1st, launched an attempt to singe the beard of an earlier King of Spain, also called Felipe at Cadiz, prior to the 1588 Armada.

The Daily Mail complained about King Felipe’s beard on his appointment in 2014:

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, we’re no great fans of Royal Families but…

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2 Responses to “Campaigners say right-wing attempts to singe King of Spain’s beard nothing new”

  1. Chris Brunt Says:

    As a 9 year old schoolboy, I recall being confused for weeks over the singing of the King of Spain’s beard. It’s a very distinct and uncomfortable memory.

    We had been set the task of reading about it in our history books. Whether it was a typo, or a simple reading error on my part, I don’t know. Or perhaps I didn’t know what the word “singe” meant at the time. But I read that the English sailors signed the King of Spain’s beard.

    What? How? Why would they do this? By force? With quills? Was it some sort of ceremonial thing? How many of them signed it? What chain of events could have possibly led to this? What sort of beard did this guy have that you could sign it anyway? The thought of this guy – the King of Spain! – walking around with a signed beard completely threw me. I imagined the Elizabethan signatures with flourishes. The indignity of it all.

    I’ve had many similar ground-shifting-under-me type of thoughts quite often recently.

    • telescoper Says:

      This reminds me of when I was playing Trivial Pursuit with my Mum some years ago. She read out a question as “Who welded the sword Excalibur”..

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