While all eyes were on the Queen of Royal Ascot on Friday, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, quietly performed a private engagement in Norfolk. Prince Philip, who retired from royal duties in 2017, held a meeting at Wood Farm at Sandringham Estate in his role as colonel-in-chief of The Rifles.
Philip, 98, received General Sir Nicholas Carter, who renounced his appointment as Colonel Commander of The Rifles Regiment, and General Patrick Sanders who succeeded him. The trio posed for a photo that was shared on the royal family’s Twitter account. The duke looked smart in a second suit while standing among the military personnel.
#DYK The Duke of Edinburgh is Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) 21 Haziran 2019
Today The Duke received General Sir Nicholas Carter (L) who is relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of @RiflesRegiment and General Patrick Sanders (R) who will succeed him. pic.twitter.com/iLfwh7Snxk
Fans were quick to send compliments to the queen’s husband, with various comments about how healthy and happy he looked. “Nice to see that the HRH, the Duke of Edinburgh, looked so fit – his presence is seriously missed in state functions,” a Twitter user replied. “HRH looks good,” another wrote, while a third wrote, “The Duke of Edinburgh is 98 !!!!! If I ever get to 98 (doubtful), I want to look just like he is.”
Philip officially retired from public service almost two years ago, although Buckingham Palace stated at the time that he would occasionally perform an engagement and still support the Queen at major family events. The former military man turned 98 earlier this month, while his family paid tribute to Twitter and Instagram. Prince William and Kate wished Philip many happy bets by sharing some beautiful photos with the caption: “I wish a very happy 98-year birthday at His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh!”
Princess Eugenie, 29, shared some adorable throwbacks, the first in which the duke tapped his granddaughter’s head on a little one. “Congratulations on HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,” wrote Eugenie. “I found a few classic photos of Grandpa and I on Christmas Day and Trooping the Color a few years ago …”