The concern is growing for Prince Philip as he has missed his second scheduled rare public engagement in two weeks. Philip was scheduled to accompany Her Majesty The Queen to the centuries-old Maundy Ceremony at St George’s Chapel on Thursday, however, he missed the service due to a problem with his hip, it is understood.
The Duke of Edinburgh has effectively retired from public engagements though he tends to accompany The Queen on special occasions. Prince Philip was hoping to accompany his Wife to St George’s Chapel as she handed out Maundy Money however he took the decision not to attend after experiencing some trouble with his hip.
As The Duke of Edinburgh was spotted driving in Windsor Great Park on Wednesday, it is understood that the issue is not a serious one with a Buckingham Palace spokesperson commenting, “The Order of Service was printed some weeks ago when it was hoped the Duke would be able to take part. His Royal Highness has since decided not to attend.”
It is the second time in just over a week that Prince Philip has pulled out of a scheduled engagement. Just last week His Royal Highness was scheduled to attend an official engagement with The Queen and The Duke of York marking Prince Andrew’s new role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, however, Philip was unable to attend because he was ‘feeling under the weather’.
The Queen marked Maundy Thursday at St George’s Chapel by offering alms to senior citizens in recognition of their contribution to their church and the local community.
Prince Philip stepped down from public duties last summer and at the time of the announcement, public concern grew for Prince Philip’s health. Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision to step down was not down to health reasons and Prince Philip had the full support of Her Majesty The Queen.
Photo Credit: Jamie McCaffrey