Prince Philip was not by his wife’s side on this year’ annual Trooping of Colour parade. The Queen was alone on her official birthday celebration, which raised questions about the Duke’s health.
Trooping the Colour is held every year on a Saturday in June at Horse Guards Parade in Westminster, by St James’s Park. Later, the Royal family gathers on Buckingham Palace’ balcony to proceed the parade and enjoy the flypast.
This year, the Queen was looking amazing, wearing a gold and white coat and a matching hat. Unfortunately, she had to be alone during the ceremony.
Prince Philip was not seen at the parade. The last time he was seen in public was on May 18, at Lady Gabriella’s wedding.
Health issues or personal choice?
The Duke was seen waving to the fans at Lady Gabriella’s wedding in May. He was also photographed while welcoming his great-grandchild Archie Harrison.
However, he was not present at any meeting while the US President was visiting.
The Duke will celebrate his 98th birthday on Monday. He retired from his royal duties a while ago. The Palace announced his retirement with a statement: “The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements.
The Captain General’s Parade will bring His Royal Highness’s individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen, from time to time.”
One senior courtier previously said: “The Queen feels the Duke has earned a proper retirement.”