The Duke of Edinburgh Celebrates 91st Birthday

  June 10, 2012 at 9:23 am by

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Prince Philip celebrates his 91st birthday today – a day after being released from hospital. A Buckingham Palace spokesman confirmed the Duke will be spending the day privately.

To mark the birthday, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park, while the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London, both at midday. The salute is fired every year to celebrate the occasion, but members of the Royal Family are not usually in attendance.

The Duke is not expected to carry out any official engagements these couple of days. However, it is hoped that if His Royal Highness feels strong enough, he will attend the garden party hosted by the Queen at the Sandringham Estate on Tuesday.

The Duke of Edinburgh was discharged from hospital yesterday. He had been hospitalised on Monday and spent five days there, recovering from a bladder infection, and it was initially feared he might have to spend his birthday there as well. Following his hospitalisation, Prince Philip was forced to miss the rest of Jubilee events, including the Concert outside Buckingham Palace, and Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Thankfully, Prince Philip appears to be in quite a good form, both physically and psychologically. When one of the reporters waiting outside the hospital asked the Duke whether he was feeling better, he responded with one of his typically quick-witted remarks: “Well, I wouldn’t be coming out if I wasn’t.”

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9 Responses to The Duke of Edinburgh Celebrates 91st Birthday

  1. Elizabeth Pease says:

    Very glad to hear HRH is feeling better. Hope he had a splendid day with HM and the rest of his family. Happy Birthday, Sir!

  2. Someone should teach HRH Prince Philip something about “the subjunctive mood.” Had he known, he might have said: “Well, I wouldn’t be, if I were not.” I understand he speaks perfect German, however.

  3. Diana Lucia Zotescu says:

    I wish HRH Prince Philip many many happy returns, all in excellent health. As a Romanian with some English blood in her vains, I am more than just mildly interested in everything related to England and her Queen. Besides, as a Romanian citizen and a very stounch monarchist as well, I am very loyal to the Romanian Royal Family and to our King Michael and Crown Princess Margaret. Our beloved King is the same age as Prince Philip, as He will turn 91 on the 25th November this year. Needless to say, I wish my King a long long life, as He is a pillar of moral fortitude for all of us Romanians who believe in monarchy and its decisively beneficial influence on today’s Romania.
    May God bless Them both.
    Diana Lucia Zotescu

  4. Bjørn-Terje.Rolfsen-Wagle. Baron av wagle of Sweden says:

    I am sending Your Highnes my werry best Birthday and congrational Greetings from Norway. And i wish You a happy day and happy future dear Prince of Edinburg! I saw you on Norwegian television, and we felt werry great, when You where so healthy. Enjoy your birthday and send my love to HrH Qeen Elisabeth, espesialy because 60 year off Ruling.Best Regards From Bjørn-Terje.Rolfsen-Wagle.(Stavanger)

  5. Armando L. Hernandez says:

    I pray for the health of HRH Prince Philip and a very Happy Birthday with his family.

  6. Lady Sampson says:

    Many Americans and British People are Praying for HRH Prince Philip.
    We wish him the best. Happy Birthday Prince Philip.

  7. Ani says:

    Many happy returns to Prince Philip.

  8. Shirley-Anne Thomson and family says:

    Happy Birthday Prince Phillip. My late husband would have been 90yrs on 9th June. So pleased you are much better now and may Health and Happiness be yours for many more years yet to come. Keep wearing your thermal underwear.
    Our prayers are with you.

  9. Suzannah says:

    Communication to Duke of Edinburgh:
    Happiest Birthday Wishes to you! Please no driving the ponies for a few weeks. Drink more water and cranberry everything. Please try some Hibiscus tea also, it will help. Get well soon!


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