Prince Philip Turns 99, Marks Occasion With New Photo With Queen Elizabeth

Written by on June 10, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for greater than seven many years, celebrates his 99th birthday on Wednesday, though there can be little public fanfare to mark the event.

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will spend the day privately at Windsor Fort, west of London, the place he and the 94-year-old monarch have been staying throughout Britain’s coronavirus lockdown.

Meaning the remainder of the royal household should ship their finest needs to him by video calls.

“I haven’t seen my father for a very long time. He’s going to be 99 subsequent week,” heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the oldest of his 4 youngsters informed Sky Information final week. “Facetime is all very effectively … You actually wish to give individuals a hug.”

The royals make little fuss about their birthdays in public however this 12 months celebrations have been much more muted.

Historically, the prince’s birthday can be celebrated with gun salutes in London however with social gatherings banned, the queen felt it could be inappropriate for such royal ceremonies to go forward and cancelled such tributes for her personal birthday in April for the primary time in her 68-year reign.

Nonetheless, Buckingham Palace did launch a brand new {photograph} of the royal couple to have fun Philip’s birthday, taken final week on the quadrangle inside Windsor Fort.

Philip, a former naval officer famend for his generally brusque method and occasional verbal gaffes, married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947, 5 years earlier than she grew to become queen. He’s now by far the longest-serving consort of any British monarch.

He stepped down from royal duties in August 2017 after finishing greater than 22,000 solo engagements however in recent times he has been more and more hardly ever seen in public.

He did, nonetheless, break his retirement silence in April to concern a press release thanking these concerned within the battle in opposition to COVID-19.

Reporting by Michael Holden; enhancing by Man Faulconbridge and Stephen Addison


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