The Real Reasons Why Prince Philip Hasn’t Been Appearing at Royal Events

For over 70 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh has been by his wife Queen Elizabeth II’s side. From royal tours around the globe to the many various events that take place in the U.K., the former naval man has been a steadfast and profound presence in the royal family.

However, as the years go by and he gets older, Prince Philip has slowed down his public appearances considerably. Though he handed off many of his royal duties to his grandsons, Prince William and Prince Harry, the prince regularly attended events up until recently.

Here are the real reasons the Duke of Edinburgh hasn’t been appearing at many royal events.

A long-awaited retirement

Prince Philip in 1952 | Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images

In August 2017, Prince Philip officially retired from his royal duties. In his 65 years of supporting the queen, the Duke of Edinburgh has been a patron, president, and member of over 780 organizations.

At the time of his retirement, he had attended an astounding 22,219 solo engagements since the early 1950’s. However, his official retirement doesn’t necessarily mean that he would vanish from the public eye entirely.

Next: Precautionary measures 

A troubling hospitalization

Royal Windsor Horse Show Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

He received treatment at the hospital in 2017. | Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images

In June 2017, just before his official retirement, Prince Philip stayed in the hospital for an infection. A royal spokesperson revealed in a statement, “The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London last night, as a precautionary measure, for treatment of an infection arising from a pre-existing condition.”

Though the duke was reported to be in “good spirits” at the time, many people expressed concern because both he and the queen had missed several planned festivities the previous winter due to heavy colds.

Next: MIA for the holiday

Skipping Easter

Prince Philip

Prince Philip skipped certain appearances in spring 2018.  | Yui Mok/AFP/Getty Images

Alarm bells began to ring for many folks after the prince missed Easter services in April 2018. Not only did he miss Easter church services alongside Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, but he also failed to attend the traditional Maundy service,  held at St. George’s Chapel the day before Good Friday.

Prince Philip’s absence concerned many because as devout Christians, the prince and the queen usually don’t miss church services — particularly one as important as Easter.

Next: A planned surgery 

A very tricky hip

Prince Philip returned to the hospital for a surgery. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The royal palace revealed why Prince Philip didn’t make his usual public appearances during Easter 2018. Apparently, the duke has struggled with some issues with one of his hips. Buckingham Palace put out an official statement saying that the prince was to be hospitalized and would undergo surgery.

The statement revealed, “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London this afternoon, for planned surgery on his hip which will take place tomorrow.”

Next: The royal weddings 

Some major upcoming events

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Meghan Markle

Prince Philip has a lot of family festivities coming up. | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Though the public may be seeing Prince Philip less and less, he just might be resting up for some major royal engagements. On May 19, his grandson Prince Harry is set to marry former Suits actress Meghan Markle.

The royal wedding has set the globe abuzz, and with such a long day and major preparations, its bound to take a toll out of everyone in the royal family, especially the duke who is close to 100 years old.

Still, Prince Harry and Markle’s big day isn’t the only significant engagement Prince Philip has on his schedule this year. His granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, is also set to wed her longtime beau, Jack Brooksbank sometime in the fall. Surely the duke wants to be in tip-top shape for all the festivities.

Next: No muss, no fuss 

The worst case scenario

Picture released 18 November 2007 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh walk at Broadlands, Hampshire, earlier in the year. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are to mark their diamond wedding anniversary in reserved style 19 November 2007 before jetting off to Malta to revive golden memories of their newlywed youth. Queen Elizabeth, 81, is known to cherish the time they spent on the Mediterranean island as a young couple, out of Britain and out of the spotlight in the years before she inherited the throne aged 25 in 1952.

The royals follow certain protocol in the event of his death. | Fiona Hanson/AFP/Getty Images

Though Buckingham Palace is saying there is no cause for alarm at this time, should the Duke of Edinburgh pass away, the royals will follow certain protocols down to the letter.

The BBC would be the first to announce his death and the duke would have a private no-fuss funeral. His burial would take place in Frogmore Gardens, in the grounds of Windsor Castle where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are buried.

Queen Elizabeth’s period of mourning would follow after the funeral, which is believed to last eight days and then return to duty after a 30 day period. It’s all rather rigid and stuffy if you ask us.

Next: A grand OG

The iron duke

We hope he makes a full recovery. | Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

Despite his hospitalization and current reprieve from the spotlight, we expect that the Duke of Edinburgh, who has seen more in his lifetime than we could ever imagine, will make a full recovery. After all, an insider once told The Daily Beast, “He rules the Royal family with a rod of iron.”

A man like that would never let an issue with his hip take him out.

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