PRINCE PHILIP has revealed he will be having a ‘low key’ birthday celebration as the Duke of Edinburgh turns 99 this month.
The Duke is currently residing with the Queen in Windsor Castle during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown and as his birthday draws near, Prince Philip is demanding “no fuss” on his special day. He turns 99 on June 10.
On his birthday, he will reportedly have lunch with Queen Elizabeth followed by Zoom and phone calls with his family and friends.
According to reports, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate as well as Harry and Meghan will all be calling from their respective homes.
A source told the Daily Mail the mantra is very much ‘low key’ and said: “He is not one for fuss, as you know.”
Due to the Queen and Philip both being in their nineties, they are considered in the high risk category of coronavirus meaning other family members will not be able to visit.
Prince Philip to have ‘low key’ birthday celebration (Image: Getty)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are staying at Windsor Castle during lockdown (Image: Getty)
It is reported there are around 24 staff members isolating with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.
The royal household has been split into two teams of 12 who work around a schedule and are able to see their family but are frequently tested for the deadly virus before returning to work.
Prince Philip stepped back from public life in 2017 and has enjoyed much of his retirement at Wood Farm, on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, and at Windsor Castle.
In April, Prince Philip issued a rare statement thanking those working in the NHS during the pandemic.
Harry and Meghan will call from Los Angeles (Image: Getty)
He wrote: “As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from COVD-19.
“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”
Queen Elizabeth, who turned 94 in April, has continued with her royal duties remotely and addressed the country twice in televised recordings.
Other members of the Royal Family have celebrated birthdays during the COVID-19 lockdown including Princess Charlotte and baby Archie.
British Royal Family tree (Image: Express)
Although many celebrated birthdays and anniversaries, others had to cancel or change plans.
Princess Beatrice had to postpone her own wedding due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Queen was also forced to celebrated the anniversary of her coronation under lockdown restrictions.
Although the Queen had already been serving as reigning monarch for several months before this date, her coronation marked the day she officially became Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with family will call Prince Philip on his birthday (Image: Getty)
The Queen took over the throne aged just 25, after her father, King George VI, died of coronary thrombosis at the age of 56.
The planning process for the coronation began when the young then-Princess was only 11.
Her Majesty’s father asked Elizabeth to pen a review of his own coronation in 1937, so she could understand all the elements involved.
The Queen celebrated her coronation anniversary on June 2 (Image: Getty)
After months of planning, the Queen was crowned at 11:15am on June 2, and has gone on to serve 67 years on the throne, rendering her Britain’s longest-serving monarch.
The event was the first coronation ever to be televised in British history and sealed the future of television.
More than 20 million people tuned in to watch the service, outnumbering the radio audience for the first time ever.
The BBC’s coverage of the coronation was broadcast all over the world.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK