Prince Philip looked in good spirits as he attended Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank today.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, has officially retired from public duty but looked smart as always as he accompanied the Queen to their granddaughter’s wedding ceremony in Windsor this morning.
His appearance came after claims that a feud between him and Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, could have discouraged him from attending.
The Duke of Edinburgh looked his usual ultra-smart self as he arrived at the royal wedding
The Queen and her consort sat next to their eldest son, Prince Charles, in the Chapel
The Prince smiled to crowds outside the church as he and Queen pulled up to the chapel
It has been reported that Philip hasn’t been able to forgive Fergie for being photographed having her feet kissed by financial adviser John Bryan in 1992, which ultimately led to her divorce from his son.
The feud led to concerns Philip might not attend the ceremony and, as recently as yesterday it was claimed that he was leaving it until the last moment to decide whether or not to go.
A royal source told The Daily Telegraph: ‘When you consider his age, the Duke of Edinburgh will decide on the morning of the wedding if he’s going to be there. He now very much operates on a “wake up and see how I feel” basis.’
But despite the concerns, the Duke looked happy as he arrived for the service at the Queen’s side.
The Duke of Edinburgh was among the congregation at Prince Eugenie’s wedding today
The Prince has repeatedly bounced back from hospital treatment in the last couple of years
The Prince looked his usual smart self as he walked confidently up the steps into the church
He was, as always, dressed extremely smartly, in grey trousers, a dark jacket with tails, a beige waistcoat and light tie.
Although he has retired from public duties, the Duke was pictured at Windsor yesterday.
He received Brigadier Andrew Freeman, Head of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers at Windsor Castle.
A picture of the Duke with the military chief on The Royal Family’s official Twitter account.
The 97-year-old royal took his seat in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, next to his wife, The Queen
The Queen’s consort waved to members of the public from the couple’s car as they arrived
Philip, who retired from public duties last year and spends much of his time at Sandringham, joined the Queen in Scotland for the summer.
Despite his advancing years and recent periods of hospitalisation, he was seen driving himself around the Balmoral estate in August.
He doesn’t respond well to repeated questions about his health and normally answers enquiries about his well-being with a barked: ‘Well do I look bloody ill?’.
He was hospitalized in April 2018 and had to undergo surgery on his hip.
In June 2017, he received treatment as a precaution after contracting an infection stemming from an unknown pre-existing condition.