Prince Philip enjoys his retirement with carriage driving after missing Remembrance day

Remembrance Day commemorations in London took place without Prince Philip this year, a first for the prince. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman confirmed earlier in the week that there is no expectation that  97-year-old Prince Philip would attend.

Most of the royals gathered at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Sunday morning, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Sussex were all in attendance, among others. An equerry laid a wreath on Prince Philip’s behalf since his retirement from duties last year.

Prince Philip enjoyed three outings on his buggy last week, and on Monday morning he took the reins in Windsor Great Park and enjoyed a carriage drive around the grounds of the castle. Accompanied by two female riders for the company and a warm jacket, a cap and a blanket for the warmth he enjoyed a wonderful outing in his buggy.

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Since his retirement in early August 2017, Prince Philip kept a low profile, although making appearances at big family events, as he was present during the weddings of both Prince Harry’s in May, and Princess Eugenie’s in October.

Enjoying a much quieter life he often indulges in carriage driving, a sport he picked up after quitting polo in 1971.

With Prince Philip’s retirement last year and turning 97 this year the question has come up regarding what happens in the sad circumstances should Prince Philip pass on.

Both Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II have set plans in place to be prepared for when it happens and got involved in the setting up of their protocols.

In the event of a foreseeable death the public is forewarned on the impending situation, but otherwise, a set of protocols would be strictly followed.

The Lord Chamberlain (Head of the Queen’s household) will consult with the Prime Minister and await the Queen's specific instructions regarding the announcement and the funeral.

Only after the formal announcement of death by Buckingham Palace, is other action allowed to be taken, in the event that the Queen predeceases Prince Philip, announcements will be made by the reigning sovereign, likely to be Prince Charles.

It is expected that his passing will be announced within hours, and in the event of something happening overnight, the announcement will follow at 8 am. An announcement will then be sent as an alert to the Press Association.

Practically every major news organization has pre-recorded segments and footage ready for release in preparation for when something happens. The Times is believed to have 11 days' worth of coverage ready to roll in the event of the death of Prince Philip.

The national period of mourning follows and lasts until the funeral, the royal family, and Queen Elizabeth II will also enter into periods of mourning.

Prince Philip requested a private military style funeral at St. George’s Chapel and his burial at Frogmore Gardens, with attendees, only consisting of family, friends, and heads of state from the Commonwealth countries.

A royal photographer stumbled across an old picture of Prince Philip while he was putting something special together for the next cover of ‘Paris Match’ while Prince Harry and Meghan were in Australia during their first royal tour last month.

On the cover of the 1957 edition of ‘Paris Match’ is a young Prince Philip, about the same age as Prince Harry now, and their resemblance is uncanny, they look like twin brothers. Perhaps the ever-present rumors of Prince Harry not being the son of Prince Charles will come to a grinding halt now. The family resemblance unmistakable.

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