The Real Reason Prince Philip Was Not at the Queen’s 92nd Birthday Party
On April 21, 2018, the Queen of England celebrated her 92nd birthday with a night to remember. However, there was just one thing missing: Her husband, Prince Philip. The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh may have retired from his royal duties in 2017, but he still makes sure he’s by the queen’s side for the important stuff — unless his health gets in the way.
We share the real reason Prince Philip couldn’t make the queen’s birthday party (page 5) and why he has his grandson, Prince Harry worried (page 7), plus other details about the evening, ahead.
1. The queen’s 92nd birthday party
With two birthdays — one in April and the other in June — the queen usually keeps her spring birthday lowkey. However, to kick off the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, the royal family decided to throw her a star-studded event at Royal Albert Hall in London.
The party included a speech given by her grandson — and president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust — Prince Harry, a toast by Prince Charles, a balloon drop, firecrackers, and a concert with performances by Shawn Mendes, Shaggy (the queen apparently had no idea who he was), Kylie Minogue, Sting, Sir Tom Jones, and other artists from commonwealth nations.
Next: The queen celebrated with 40 of her family members.
2. It was a family affair
The royal family pulled out all the stops for the queen’s 92nd birthday party. The star-studded saw 40 royal family members, including Charles, William, Harry, and Meghan Markle.
Prince Philip wasn’t the only one to skip the event. Kate Middleton was at home with her children, awaiting the arrival of royal baby number three, who was born two days later on April 23rd, 2018.
Next: Prince Philip has skipped other important events, too.
3. This isn’t the first time he has missed an important royal event
The queen’s birthday isn’t the first time Prince Philip has missed an event. In his ninetieth decade, his health has slowly started to decline, causing him to retire from his duties in August 2017.
Prior to his retirement, he had missed a handful of important events, including many of the queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. At the time, the prince was battling a bladder infection that later landed him in the hospital.
Next: His health has been declining.
4. He’s faced a number of health problems
The prince’s health has been on a slow decline. In 2011, he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains and underwent a coronary stenting procedure. He also underwent an exploratory operation on his abdomen in 2013.
Next: The real reason Prince Philip had to skip the queen’s 92nd birthday party.
5. He had hip replacement surgery
- Prince Philip had hip replacement surgery in early April 2018 and was at home recovering during the birthday celebration.
Prince Philip was unable to attend the queen’s 92nd birthday party because he underwent hip replacement surgery in early April 2018.
At his age, hip replacement surgery can be risky and lead to complications like blood clots and infections. However, skipping a necessary surgery could have greater repercussions. Rather than take his chances, the prince decided to schedule the operation head of the royal family’s busy season.
Next: Recovery may take longer than usual.
6. His recovery
Although it was a successful procedure, hip replacement surgery is no joke. And, because of Prince Philip’s age, it could take him longer than usual to recover. However, according to USA Today, the prince’s recovery has progressed at a satisfactory rate and he is in good spirits.
Next: Prince Harry is worried for his grandfather’s future.
7. What the future holds for Prince Philip
- Prince Harry chose his wedding date and venue with Prince Philip’s health (and age) in mind.
At 96-years-old, Prince Philip has slowed down quite a bit and even retired from his public duties. Despite some health scares, Philip has been known for his good health — however, that doesn’t stop his family from worrying. In fact, Prince Harry reportedly chose his whirlwind wedding date and venue with his grandfather’s health and age in mind.
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