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Britain’s Prince Philip celebrates 99th birthday in private

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 72 years, marked his 99th birthday on Wednesday.

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 72 years, marked his 99th birthday on Wednesday.

Philip, whose official title is the duke of Edinburgh, was expected to celebrate in private, with no public events scheduled.

The queen and Philip left London for Windsor Castle in April as a “sensible precuation” amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the royal family said.

He is the oldest and the longest-serving consort in British history, described by the 94-year-old queen as her “constant strength and guide.”

His eldest son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, wished him a happy birthday via Twitter, as did Philip‘s grandson Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Buckingham Palace issued a new photograph of Philip and the queen together, taken at Windsor Castle last year.

Philip, who is popular with the public, is known for his strong sense of duty along with a propensity for gaffes.

He has attended few engagements with the queen since announcing his retirement from most public duties in May 2017.

He was not seen during a royal banquet and other events to mark a state visit to Britain last year by US President Donald Trump and his family.

The queen and Philip have four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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