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Prince Philip birthday: Queen`s husband nears 98th birthday - two years off turning 100

Baku, June 10, AZERTAC

Prince Philip turns 98 on Monday and is likely preparing for a day of celebrations - here is what the Queen’s husband has been getting up to in advance of his birthday.

Prince Philip is about to mark his 98th birthday, a remarkable feat worthy of celebrating. The Duke of Edinburgh was born on June 10, 1921, meaning his birthday falls on a Monday this year. Philip was absent from two major public events this week including Trooping the Colour, the annual parade marking the Queen’s official birthday. The annual extravaganza of pomp and pageantry was attended by all other senior royals, including Meghan Markle in her first post-baby engagement.

The Duke also stayed at home as had been expected for the D-Day anniversary landings on Thursday. His wife, Queen Elizabeth II, was there to help represent the UK at the major commemoration honouring Second World War Allied troops.

As he edges ever closer towards his 100th birthday - only two years away officially tomorrow - Prince Philip has been enjoying his retirement. The Duke spends most of his time at his Wood Farm cottage on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

He relaxes by reading, painting, staying active and meeting with friends. Despite his serious car crash at the start of January, the Duke also continues to enjoy driving on private land at his royal residences. He welcomed his eighth great-grandchild in May after the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Despite his absences this week, Philip was seen out in public three times last month dispelling any concerns about his health.

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