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Prince Philip missed Remembrance Sunday: Health update

The brides grandparents: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
November 14, 2018 - 17:55 / Clemens Fanger

During this year’s Remembrance Day celebrations, the Queen surprisingly appeared without her husband Prince Philip. Last year, he accompanied her although he had already announced his retirement at the time. Is his absence this year a cause for concern?

For the first time in 20 years, Prince Philip (97) was absent from the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in London. Nevertheless, there is no cause for concern, as the 97-year-old seems to be in good health.

Prince Philip was seen enjoying a carriage ride

On Friday morning, the Prince was spotted on the coach box navigating a two-horse carriage through the beautiful castle park in Windsor. This Monday morning, the royal pensioner enjoyed a ride through the colorful November forest.

Queen Elizabeth II with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at the Cenotaph
Queen Elizabeth II with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge during the annual Remembrance Sunday memorial at the Cenotaph 

During the festivities on Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II (92) was accompanied by Duchess Catherine (36), Duchess Camilla (71) and Duchess Meghan (37) instead. The latter, however, did not stand on the balcony together with the others but accompanied Elke Büdenbender (56), the wife of Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (62).

Fortunately, the British royal family is large enough and no longer dependent on the services of their oldest member, who can enjoy his well-deserved retirement.