Prince Philip has missed the traditional Maundy service with the Queen due to a hip problem.The Duke of Edinburgh has missed the annual Maundy Service attended by the Queen because of a problem with his hip, it is understood.
Philip, who has effectively retired from royal duties, was hoping to join the monarch at the centuries-old event being staged this year at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in May.
But it is understood the 96-year-old duke, who has traditionally accompanied the Queen at the ceremony, took the decision not to take part because he has been experiencing some trouble with his hip.
It is not thought to be a serious issue as Philip, who was named as a guest in the order of service for the Maundy Thursday event, was spotted driving in Windsor Great Park on Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace would not comment on the his health but said: “The order of service was printed some weeks ago when it was hoped the Duke would be able to take part. His Royal Highness has since decided not to attend.”
Last week, Philip pulled out of an official engagement with the Queen and Duke of York because he was unwell, according to reports.
He stepped down from his public duties last (northern) summer but on occasion does attend events with the Queen.
When it was announced last year that he would be retiring from official engagements, Buckingham Palace stressed that the decision was not health-related and he had the full support of the Queen.
The Queen appeared in good spirits during the service, which is held on Maundy Thursday every year and is a firm fixture in her calendar.
The monarch marks the occasion by offering alms to senior citizens, retired pensioners recommended by clergy and ministers of all denominations, in recognition of service to the Church and to the local community.