Prince Philip Does Not Feel 100 Percent
The 96-year-old king, who retired from public office last fall, chose not to live next to his wife, Queen Elizabeth, at the traditional Royal Maundy service in the St. George's Chapel to attend, on Thursday.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the news in a statement, saying, "The order of service was printed a few weeks ago when it was hoped the duke could attend. HRH has decided not to attend."
Philip had problems with his hip, which ultimately led to his decision not to attend. Queen Elizabeth was still present, wearing a royal blue coat and matching hat.
This is the second event that Philip denied last month for health reasons. Last week, he is said to have withdrawn from a ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle, although the palace did not comment on the absence or wanted to confirm whether he should attend the event.
"Prince Philip has been hospitalized several times in recent years," says a source ET.
Thursday's service took place in the chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle – the same chapel where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on May 19th.
"Both [Prince] William and Harry admire their grandfather very much and have a close relationship with him, often relying on him for advice and advice," says the source. "He is often at Windsor on Sandringham Estate, where he is spending most of his time riding the carriage. "
It is the hope that Prince Philip will still be able to attend the royal wedding. As previously reported, Harry chose the venue partly because of the Convenience for his grandfather.
"Indeed, one of the reasons why Prince Harry wanted to make this wedding happen very quickly – this is really a hurricane for royal proportions – is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is now Retired and Prince Harry really wants him to be at his wedding, "said Royal Expert Kate Nicholl previously told ET. "He's incredibly close to his grandfather, and when Harry was 96, Harry thought it was a great thing to celebrate the wedding sooner rather than later so that his grandfather could be fit and fit."
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