Prince Philip's 99th Birthday: See Duke of Edinburgh's Rare New Photo with Queen Elizabeth
June 10, 2020, is a special date for the British Royals as it’s the day Prince Philip turns 99! The Royal Family’s Instagram account released a photo of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen to mark the milestone.
According to the caption on the image, Prince Philip and the Queen posed for the photograph on June 1, 2020. The new photo was taken in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle, west of London, to mark Philip’s birthday.
In the picture, the Queen stood by her husband’s side as they both looked directly at the camera. The photo was taken where the pair have been self-isolating from the novel coronavirus disease since March 2020.
SPECIAL ITEMS ON THEIR OUTFITS
In the image, the Duke wore the Household Division tie. The division is the seven British army regiments that serve Queen Elizabeth II.
For her part, the monarch turned 94 in April 2020. She added the Cullinan V platinum diamond brooch, which consists of 18.8-carats, to accessorize her floral dress.
STEPPING DOWN FROM ROYAL DUTIES
The couple has been together for 72 years! In May 2017, Philip announced that he was stepping down from royal duties and only attends events when he wants to.
3RD LONGEST-LIVING BRITISH ROYAL
He’s been the longest-serving consort in British history. The royal also holds the record of being the third longest-living British royal.
WHO HOLDS THE TITLE
The Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alice, holds the record after living until the age of 102. She was Prince Henry’s wife and she died in October 2004.
2ND LONGEST-LIVING BRITISH ROYAL
The second longest-living British royal was the Queen Mother. She passed away at the age of 101 in March 2002, seven weeks after her youngest daughter, Princess Margaret, died.
PHILIP’S CAR ACCIDENT
In December 2019, the Duke gave his fans a scare when he spent four nights in a hospital. He was there for “observation and treatment” for a “pre-existing condition,” according to royal officials.
TWO PEOPLE INJURED
However, his health has seemed fine since his January 2019 car accident. At the time, two people were near his Sandringham estate in Norfolk.