Prince Philip celebrated his 97th birthday on Saturday, the first one after he retired last year from the public duties. Kensington Palace wished the Prince for his birthday and posted a few pictures, which were liked and shared a thousand times after a few minutes of posting.
The entire Royal family, except the Prince himself, got together on Saturday on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal parade.
Prince Andrew succeeded his father, as soon as he stepped down from his duties, as the Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. Prince Andrew rode for the very first time in the parade on Saturday.
A spokesperson of Buckingham Palace revealed that the Prince would be celebrating his birthday privately. The Prince has been self-effacing since his last solo public appearance in 1952 when the Queen ascended the throne. Nevertheless, he couldn’t bring himself to not attend his grandson’s marriage to the American star, regardless of the hip replacement surgery.
Prince Philip had given 5500 speeches, had been on abroad trips 637 times, alone, and was a member, patron, or a leader of more than 780 organizations.
Since his retirement last year, he has been spending time at West London, Queen’s personal Sandringham estate in eastern England and Windsor. His visits to London had been rare.
He stopped playing polo in the 1970s and took up carriage driving, which he was seen doing recently.
His public duties might have ended last year, but royal duties haven’t. He manages the royal estates and has a small office for dealing with correspondences, while the Queen looks after the state affairs.
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