Birthday wishes have been flowing in for Prince Philip who turned 97 today. The Duke of Edinburgh, who retired last summer, is celebrating privately today after missing out on Saturday’s Trooping the Colour ceremony.

And Kensington Palace tweeted: ‘Wishing the Duke of Edinburgh a happy 97th birthday! #HappyBirthdayHRH,’ generating thousands of likes and shares. During his working life, Philip would turn out for engagements as normal on his birthdays.

Since retiring, he has spent much of his time at Windsor, west of London, and at the Queen’s private Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, with occasional visits to London. The former naval officer has also been spotted carriage driving – a sport he took up in the 1970s after stopping playing polo.

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