Prince Philip Refuses to Do This One Very British Tradition

Prince Philip has fully supported Queen Elizabeth for nearly 72 years of marriage, but there is one thing he refuses to do, even for Her Majesty. Prince Philip officially retired from his royal post in 2017 and has been loving life outside of the spotlight. While he enjoys most things about living in England, there is one British tradition he avoids at all costs.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip | Photo credit should read ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP via Getty Images

Inside Prince Philip’s early days

Now that he does not have to appear at royal events throughout the year, Prince Philip spends most of his days at his Sandringham estate, located in Norfolk. While he has become one of the most beloved members of the royal family, he actually comes from a Danish and Greek family.

Philip, who was born in 1921, experienced a challenging childhood that saw his parents being kicked out of Greece.

His family moved to England when he was a young boy and he was educated in the area. After tying the knot with Queen Elizabeth in 1947, Prince Philip was granted British citizenship through naturalization.

Although Prince Philip considers himself just as much a Brit as anyone else, there is one tradition he never picked up.

Philip refuses to do this very British activity

According to Express, Prince Philip has never been a huge fan of drinking tea. Instead, he reportedly enjoys a hot cup of coffee in the mornings, which is about as far away from the British custom as it gets.

Because of his refusal to drink tea, Philip is missing out on some of serious health benefits. This includes getting a good dose of antioxidants and fluoride.

While Prince Philip prefers coffee, Queen Elizabeth is always up for a cup of tea in her spare time. Her Majesty’s former butler, Grant Harrold, previously revealed that she takes her tea with a bit of milk and always wants it brewed a particular way.

“I am sure the Queen enjoys her Assam or her Earl Grey the traditional way, made with tea leaves in a teapot and poured into a fine bone china teacup,” Harrold shared. “She will also use a strainer.”

Harrold added that, despite the depictions in Hollywood, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family do not raise their pinkies when drinking tea. This is apparently a fabrication and is not something the royals ever do.

What about Prince Philip’s diet?

Prince Philip may not indulge in tea, but he does have a fairly adventurous food palette. In contrast to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip is always game for trying something new and does not enjoy eating the same things over and over again.

He’s even been known to swap meals with palace staff if he likes what they are having more than what is on his menu.

Queen Elizabeth, on the other hand, pretty much sticks to the same food choices throughout the year and is not very open to trying new things.

Considering how they are both in their 90s and still going strong, we have to admit that their choices have worked out for them.

Philip skips Remembrance Sunday

With Prince Philip now fully retired, he rarely makes public appearances on behalf of the royal family. He does come out for special occasions, but for the most part, Prince Philip keeps to himself these days.

For example, while most of the royal family paid their respects to servicemen and servicewomen on Remembrance Sunday last weekend, Prince Philip was nowhere to be found. Without Prince Philip at her side, Queen Elizabeth appeared alongside Camilla Parker Bowles and Kate Middleton.

An equerry stood in Philip’s place at the event, laying down a wreath in memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Prince Charles did the same for Queen Elizabeth, who watched the proceedings from a nearby balcony.

Although some royal watchers were concerned that Prince Philip did not make an appearance, he is still in good health. In fact, Prince Philip was not expected to attend the event and was left out of the official guest list.

Prince Philip has been retired since the summer of 2017. He still appears at royal events from time-to-time but, at the age of 98, mainly stays at his home.