Prince Philip Turns 99 and Appears in Rare Birthday Portrait With Queen Elizabeth


Prince Philip is celebrating his 99th birthday at Windsor Castle with Queen Elizabeth.

On Wednesday, the couple of nearly 73 years was expected to partake in a quiet lunch where they have been sheltering due to the coronavirus pandemic, per AP.

While many family members have publicly wished Philip a happy birthday, royal reporter Carolyn Durand told the DailyMail that the Duke planned to video chat with family members including former senior members, Prince Harry, his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son, Archie, who currently live in Los Angeles.

Phllip was shown lots of love on social media from his children and grandchildren.

Prince William and Kate Middleton kicked off the well wishes by sharing several photos of the Duke of Edinburgh, including one where the 37-year-old shares a laugh with his grandfather at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Prince Charles and Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall, joined in sharing some of their photos on the Clarence House Instagram page, including a photo of Charles riding a motorboat with his father in 1957.

Buckingham Palace also released a very rare photograph of Queen Elizabeth and her husband to mark the occasion. The picture was taken just a week ago as the couple stood side-by-side in the quandrangle at Windsor Castle, where they’ve been enjoying each other’s company during the lockdown.

The Royal Family Instagram even took a trip down memory lane to honor Prince Philip, throwing it back to his days as a young naval officer and posting vintage snapshots of him and the Queen through the years.

Granddaughter Princess Eugenie also shared a sweet message to her “grandpa” with photos from her wedding writing, “A very Happy 99th Birthday to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Grandpa, we wish you a special day.. and may all grandparents celebrating birthdays in lockdown have a wonderful time.”

Philip retired from public life in 2017 after 65 years of supporting Queen Elizabeth II, according to the BBC.

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