Queen Elizabeth is usually joined by her husband in the carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade — but on Saturday, she noticeably rode solo

By Stephanie Petit
June 08, 2019 09:28 AM
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Prince Philip is sitting out Trooping the Colour once again.

Queen Elizabeth is usually joined by her husband in the carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade — but on Saturday, she noticeably rode solo.

Though Philip, who turns 98 on Monday, has also ridden on horseback in his younger days, he was absent entirely at the parade during this year’s official celebration of the Queen’s birthday. He also missed the event in 2018.

Philip’s last Trooping appearance was in 2017, just months before he officially retired from public life following 64 years of royal service.

“The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read. “The Captain General’s Parade will bring His Royal Highness’s individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen, from time to time.”

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Trooping the Colour 2019
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Queen Elizabeth at Trooping the Colour 2019
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The early months of Prince Philip’s retired life were plagued with health issues – he pulled out of attending Prince Andrew’s appointment as the new Colonel of the Granadier Guards and abruptly cancelled his appearance at the traditional Maundy church service that he was scheduled to attend with Elizabeth in March 2018. Philip also skipped Easter Sunday services last year ahead of the announcement that he underwent hip replacement surgery.

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However, Prince Philip has been seen in public multiple times in the past year, often driving his car (despite a scary car accident in January that resulted in him voluntarily giving up his license) or carriage rides.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth at Lady Gabriella’s wedding
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Most recently, he joined the Queen at the May 18 wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston.