Prince Philip celebrates his 99th birthday on June 10 and will do so in lockdown with the Queen at their Windsor Castle home. Just a two months ago the couple celebrated the Queen’s birthday – with the monarch turning 94 while on April 21.
The couple will likely have a low-key celebration at Windsor, with a big celebration impending this weekend for the Queen’s ‘official birthday’.
On Saturday, June 13, the Queen’s birthday will be commemorated by Trooping the Colour – although this will be a bit different from previous years.
Given the lockdown, the celebrations are being held at behind closed doors at Windsor Castle and televised, rather than the huge parade which usually takes place outside Buckingham Palace.
Now, Philip will be just one year from a century when he celebrates his 99th birthday tomorrow.
However, he is not the first royal to reach such a milestone – as there are two British royals who celebrated birthdays beyond 99.
Who is the longest-living British royal?
The title of the longest-living British royal is held by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.
Princess Alice was the wife of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, the third son of King George V and Queen Mary.
Philip was very hardworking during his royal career, and once quipped himself to be “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler”.
The Queen sits at number six on the list of longest-living royals, having celebrated her 94th birthday in April.
However, she may soon surpass the fifth who is Princess Augusta of Cambridge, who died at the age of 94 years, 139 days.
The Queen is lucky enough to celebrate her birthday twice, once on the official date on April 21, and again in June to make the most of the summer weather.
The celebration is usually an extravagant affair – with a royal procession, military salute and Red Arrows flypast.
Crowds of well-wishers usually gather along the Mall outside Buckingham Palace to watch the Royal Family as they stand on the balcony to watch the flypast.
However, due to the spread of coronavirus and current lockdown conditions, a smaller celebration will be held at Windsor Castle where the Queen is staying.
A military salute will take place inside the castle, and royal fans can tune into the action from 10.15am on BBC One in a special show hosted by Huw Edwards.