Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh held a garden party in Edinburgh on Tuesday for local volunteers and council employees in the area of West Dunbartonshire.
Each year, the royal couple holds the Royal Garden Party in The Palace of Holyrood House, in central Edinburgh.
This year’s attendees included nominees and winners of the Provost’s Civic Awards, according to local media.
The Provost’s Civic Awards are awarded to people who have contributed to local society.
Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, joked on Thursday (May 4) about no longer being able to “stand up much” as Buckingham Palace announced he would retire this year from active public life.
Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh and has sometimes drawn attention with headline-grabbing gaffes, has been by the queen’s side throughout her 65 years on the throne and she has described him as “my strength and stay”.
At an engagement at St James’s Palace in central London with his wife on Thursday, a guest told Philip he was sorry to hear he was standing down.
“I can’t stand up much,” quipped the prince, whose off-the-cuff remarks have sometimes landed him in hot water.
The announcement of Philip’s retirement was made following a meeting of all senior royal staff at Buckingham Palace, news of which prompted media speculation about the health of the royals.
However, a well-placed source said there was no cause for concern about the health of the queen or Philip, who turns 96 next month.
The couple, who married at Westminster Abbey in 1947, are due to celebrate their platinum, or 70th, wedding anniversary in November.
Queen Elizabeth has missed a New Year’s Day church service as she continues to recover from a “heavy cold,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman says.
It has been reported that the 90-year-old monarch and her husband, Prince Philip, have been under the weather for most of the holiday season, having previously delayed their traditional journey to their country home, Sandringham House, in Norfolk after falling ill before Christmas.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was however able to attend a Christmas Day church service while he also attended the New Year’s Day service alongside Princess Anne, Prince Edward and other members of the Royal Family.
The Queen has remained indoors to recuperate from the persisting illness, according to an earlier Buckingham Palace statement.
It is the first year that the monarch has missed a Christmas Day church service since she began celebrating the holidays at Sandringham back in 1998.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been taken to hospital as a “precautionary measure”, Buckingham Palace has said.
Prince Philip was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary this afternoon, the palace said.
The nature of his illness was not disclosed.
It comes after he spent five nights in hospital with a bladder infection following the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.
He was discharged from London’s King Edward VII just in time for his 91st birthday in June, but his treatment meant the Queen spent some of her jubilee celebrations without him by her side.