Buckingham Palace releases new photo of the Queen and Prince Philip

Sarah Ilston
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From Red Online

Celebrations are in order in the royal household because today (10th June) marks Prince Philip's 99th birthday.

To mark the occasion, Buckingham Palace has released a photo of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen posing in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The pair have been isolating there since the end of March due to coronavirus.

The picture, which the palace posted to the Royal Family instagram account last night, is the first public glimpse of Prince Philip for a few months.

He was last photographed leaving King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Christmas Eve. The Palace said he had spent four nights there as he received treatment for a 'pre-existing condition'.

Prince Philip, who has been married to the Queen for 72 years, has rarely been seen in public since he retired from royal duties in 2017.

The Queen, 94, has also been keeping a relatively low-profile since being forced to cut short her official duties in mid-March although less so than her husband.

She was recently photographed riding a pony in the grounds of Windsor, the first public glimpse of the monarch since the start of lockdown. She also spoke to the nation in two pre-recorded televised addresses; once to April in regards to the pandemic and again last month to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Prince Phillip also issued a rare statement thanking key workers for keeping essential services running during the pandemic.

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Much like those of us who've been kept apart from vulnerable family members for the last few months, Prince Charles and Prince William have both voiced concerns for their elderly parents and grandparents, respectively.

William explained on a recent Zoom call, that keeping his distance is imperative at this difficult time: 'Obviously I think very carefully about my grandparents who are the age they're at – we're doing everything we can to make sure that they're isolated away and protected from this'.

Prince Charles, who was struck down by coronavirus back in March, is finding being away from my parents even harder, as it means he is not able to celebrate his father's birthday with him this year.

'I haven’t seen my father for a long time,' he told Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, in a recent video call interview for the After The Pandemic series. Admitting that although he's been 'doing the Facetime,' it just 'isn't the same' as face-to-face interaction.

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