Suspicions that the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, who turned 91 on Sunday, is still seriously under the weather after a cold and wet four-hour journey down the Thames to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee continue to circulate in the UK, after it was revealed that Philip will miss a garden party at Sandringham today, and will not be joining the Queen on any further jubilee engagements this week.
However, amazingly, the palace has announced that later this month, the Duke will once again be travelling by boat on the River Thames. He is set to accompany the Queen to Henley-on-Thames on June 25, when the royal couple will travel by boat from Hambleden Lock to Henley Business School in Oxfordshire.
The Queen and the Duke will board the Alaska steam boat and the journey will take just 10 minutes.
The Duke was released from hospital on Saturday, a day before his 91st birthday. He spent five days being treated with antibiotics for a bladder infection.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel with the Queen on her two-day trip to the East Midlands tomorrow, as planned, and Prince Andrew will take Philip’s place at the Sandringham garden party today.
Philip’s admission to hospital cast a shadow over the Jubilee weekend as he could not join the Queen at the final events to mark her 60 years on the throne, including a concert outside Buckingham Palace and a royal procession and appearance on the palace balcony.
“The Duke of Edinburgh will be continuing with his convalescence at home and therefore will not attend tomorrow's garden party at Sandringham or accompany the queen on her east Midlands tour later this week," Buckingham Palace said.
Sixty years and hardly a slip.