Prince Philip birthday: No fuss Duke ‘won’t come out of castle’ for ‘horrible’ big bash

Prince Philip 'rebelled consort to create own role' says expert

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Prince Philip is turning 100 in less than three months and royal fans are eager to know how the Royal Family will mark this momentous day. However, one royal expert believes it is unlikely the Duke of Edinburgh will be seen in public on June 10.

Ian Lloyd, author of the biography The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Philip, told “He doesn’t want to celebrate publicly.

“So I think it will be a family occasion, the most obvious would be a lunch or a dinner, maybe a family photograph, maybe a photograph of just him and the Queen – but that’s about all we will get.

“That’s the only way we will see him.

“He won’t come out of the castle, definitely even if he was 100 percent fit he wouldn’t.”

Prince Philip’s health may also play a role in shaping the celebrations.

The expert continued: “10 years ago there was a service at St George’s Chapel – but now that would be a bit tricky, given his health, you don’t want to set up a whole service and find he can’t attend.

“He is a very religious man so for a thanksgiving service he could go to the private chapel at Windsor – that he helped to create after the fire in 1992.”

While the Duke of Edinburgh famously doesn’t like any fuss and may be able to escape public celebrations also owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he will likely be showered with warmth and well-wishes from his family.

Mr Lloyd said: “Depending also on the state of the pandemic in June he may celebrate with his relatives in person or via video call.

“Certainly the younger generations, people like Peter and Zara, absolutely adore him so I think they would want to celebrate with him.

“Like everybody else, they will play it day by day.

“But he definitely won’t miss having a public thanksgiving service dedicated to him, he is not like the Queen Mother who had four massive occasions to publicly celebrate – that to him is horrible, he wouldn’t miss that.”

The Duke of Edinburgh showed how little he liked being at the centre of attention on his last milestone birthday.

Celebrations marking Prince Philip’s 90th birthday spread over several days.

Buckingham Palace organised a special service at St George’s Chapel on June 12, two days after his birthday, followed by a reception in the state rooms at the nearby castle.

The palace also set up a special webpage dedicated to this milestone on the Royal Family’s official website.

And the Royal Collection Trust ran for several months a special exhibition celebrating the life of Britain’s longest-serving royal consort.

However, Prince Philip was clearly set not to make a fuss out of his 90th birthday as on the day itself he carried out two royal engagements.

First, he held a reception to mark the centenary of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People and in the evening chaired the Senior Colonels’ Conference.

Prince Philip retired from public duties on August 2, 2017, after completing more than 20,000 solo engagements.

He remains patrons of hundreds of associations and continues to be in touch with many of them, as the two statements he issued during the pandemic demonstrated.

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In recent years, he has experienced a few health scares.

Prince Philip recently remained in hospital for a month to treat an infection and tackle a problem to his heart, which led to surgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

The Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from hospital on March 16, and was seen waving at smiling at well-wishers while being driven back to Windsor Castle. 

‘The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Philip’ by Ian Lloyd is available now. 

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