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

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The Queen on her 92nd birthday. | Andrew Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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 Queen — with Prince Philip — at her 90th birthday. | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday

The prince hasn since retired from public appearances. | Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

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

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Prince Philip began having health problems years ago. | Yui Mok/AFP/Getty Images

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

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.

He’s still recovering from a hip replacement. | Fiona Hanson/AFP/Getty Images

  • 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

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh meet with well wishers on April 21, 2006 in Windsor, England. HRH Queen Elizabeth II is taking part in her traditional walk in the town to celebrate her 80th Birthday. In the evening the Prince of Wales will host a private party for The Queen and other members of the Royal family at Kew Palace.

The prince is reportedly in good spirits. | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

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

The couple chose their wedding date so Philip could attend. | Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

  • 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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