Prince Philip keen on spy plane

Prince Philip reportedly took a keen interest in some new technology being displayed at Aberystwyth University – because he thought it might aid his hunting.

Philip – an enthusiastic supporter of the sport – was shown a new spy plane designed to help farmers manage their land at the Welsh university’s biosciences centre.

The craft are designed to fly over fields and crops in order to help farmers know when to harvest.

However, project manager Alan Gay described the prince’s interest, adding: “He even asked whether the technology could be used to spot deer.”

Philip later visited the Royal Marines Museum at Southsea in Portsmouth to unveil The Making of the Royal Marines Commando exhibition. The museum was closed to the public, but Philip mingled with guests at a private reception. His grandson, Prince William, is due to visit the museum later today (10.06.08).