PRINCE PHILIP features in a new photo beside the Queen released to mark his 99th birthday today. The photo was taken in the grounds of Windsor Castle where the royal couple have been isolating since March.
Prince Philip, 98, and Queen Elizabeth II, 94, have been photographed together for the first time in months for a special portrait to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday on June 10. The photo, which was taken in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle on June 1, is the first time the Duke has been seen out in public since he was snapped leaving a private hospital in London on Christmas Eve last year.The royal couple posed outdoors for the touching photo which in some ways echoes the portrait released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary in November 2007.
Since retiring from public life, the Duke of Edinburgh has spent most of his time at Wood Farm on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
However, ahead of lockdown, he was helicoptered down from Norfolk to join the Queen at Windsor Castle where the couple have been based ever since.
Despite having retired from the royal spotlight, Prince Philip was moved to make a public statement in April as Britain was in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
The Duke sent a message of support and encouragement to key workers and those working in the scientific and medical communities.
The unusual statement from the Duke of Edinburgh read: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.
“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working on food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”
How will Prince Philip mark his 99th birthday?
Prince Philip is not one to make a fuss and it is understood the Duke will mark his birthday with a lunch with the Queen.
He is also expected to make Zoom calls with Royal Family members including Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son Archie Harrison.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “Prince Philip has always been famed for disliking being fussed over.
“When he turns 99 on Wednesday it will be no different, though he would, one feels, appreciate some form of celebration when he turns 100 next year. That is something for us all to look forward to.
“His joy this year will be to celebrate it with the Queen, reportedly there are no special plans to mark the occasion other than the two of them lunching together.”
Mr Fitzwilliams suggested The Duke, who has always been a champion of modern technology, may take particular joy in participating in Zoom calls with the family.
He added: “The Duke has always been a moderniser and fond of technology and I suspect he will enjoy communicating virtually in various ways with other members of the royal family enormously.”
The Queen will mark her official birthday on June 13 with a mini Trooping the Colour parade at Windsor Castle.
The spectacle usually draws huge crowds in central London but was unable to go ahead this year due to coronavirus.