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Why Prince Philip Didn't Attend Trooping the Colour

Prince Philip Didn't Attend This Year's Trooping the Colour, and the Reason Makes Sense

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 17:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh ride by carriage during the annual Trooping The Colour parade at the Mall on June 17, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

While festivities for Trooping the Colour were eventful and exciting as usual, a member of the royal family was noticeably missing on June 9. Prince Philip, who would usually accompany Queen Elizabeth II to her official birthday celebration in years past, did not make an appearance at this year's ceremony.

The palace announced in May 2017 that Philip would no longer carry out public engagements, with the full support of the queen. As a result, his grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry have been encouraged to undertake more state business in his absence.

Despite retiring from the public spotlight, the soon-to-be-97-year-old royal will still make "unofficial" appearances every now and again. He recently underwent hip replacement surgery but even that couldn't stop him from stepping out and showing Harry support on his wedding day.

Image Source: Getty / Karwai Tang
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