Prince Philip, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh turns a very young 97 today!
His absence yesterday during the Trooping the Colour on Saturday which marks the Queen’s official birthday did not go unnoticed! Why was he absent?
Well, as we know, Prince Philip retired from public life in August of last year after 64 wonderful years of service. At that time, Buckingham Palace stated the following:
“Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the Queen.
“Thereafter, the Duke will not be accepting new invitation for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.”
“Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagement with the support of members of the royal family.”
The Palace emphasized the fact that Prince Philip’s decision was not health related.
Prince Philip’s incredible dedication to public service over the approximate past seven decades is revealed in the numbers with 22,191 solo engagements and he’s given 5,493 speeches.
Of late, the Duke has been suffering from ill health and was recently in the hospital for a hip replacement surgery. He was in the hospital for 10 days post the surgery back in April of 2018.
Prince Philip, never one to give up, made sure to attend his grandson’s wedding to Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex.
It is simply understood that the Prince will be attending what he is most fit to attend. He missed attending the annual Maundy service with the Queen and was notably absent from the Easter Sunday Mass service in April.
On his 97th birthday today, it’s not about what he attends and what he does not attend, but what joy it is to have a family member present who is armed with a smile and a hearty handshake.
The Prince has 4 children, 8 grand children and 6 great-grand children. What a blessed life to be able to see and enjoy it all at the age of 97!