LONDON: Britain’s royal patriarch Prince Philip, turns 97 on Sunday, his first birthday since retiring after a lifetime of public service.
Never one for a fuss — least of all over himself — Queen Elizabeth II’s husband has no plans for celebrations as he moves a step nearer to 100.
“He will be spending it privately,” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told Agence-France Presse, without saying where.
The Duke of Edinburgh was absent as planned from his wife’s official birthday celebrations on Saturday, when other senior royals gathered to watch the Trooping of the Colour military parade in London.
He has kept a low profile since conducting his final solo public engagement in August, the last of 22,219 attended since the queen ascended to the throne in 1952.
However, he did attend the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 19, despite undergoing a hip replacement on April 4.
The no-nonsense former naval officer has rarely celebrated his birthday and, in his working years, often used to turn out for engagements as normal.