Philip is 93 today but shows no signs of slowing down

The Duke of Edinburgh who celebrates his 93rd birthday today
The Duke of Edinburgh who celebrates his 93rd birthday today

The Duke of Edinburgh turns 93 today and shows no signs of slowing down amid a packed programme of engagements.

Philip has a busy run of events coming up this week despite having just returned from a high profile three-day state visit to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Last night he was due to join the Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace to recognise the UK’s innovative technology sector.

He will spend part of his birthday today at a Palace garden party, when 8,000 invited guests will descend on the Royal residence to take tea in the 40-acre gardens.

The rest of the week remains hectic including a trip to Germany on Thursday to present campaign medals in Fallingbostel in his role as Royal Colonel of The Highlanders, Fourth Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland. The busy diary rounds off on Saturday when the Royals are out in force for Trooping the Colour – the Queen’s official birthday parade.

The Duke’s busy schedule contrasts greatly with his previous two birthdays.

Last year, he spent his 92nd birthday in hospital after undergoing abdominal surgery, and spent two months convalescing.

In 2012, he left hospital just the day before his 91st birthday after falling ill with a bladder infection during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and pulled out of several engagements in order to recuperate.

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