Prince Philip health update: Sprightly Duke, 99, strolls unaided down Windsor Castle steps

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Prince Philip has appeared in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle for a rare public engagement. The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, handed over his Colonel in Chief of The Rifles Regiment role to his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall in a short ceremony. The elderly royal has been shielding in Windsor Castle with his wife, the Queen, since the beginning of lockdown.

Philip, in particular, is in the high risk category for the pandemic due to his age and past health scares.

However, this didn’t stop the Duke from walking down the steps of the Equerries Entrance to thank the buglers.

Many royal fans were amazed at his appearance with one saying: “God bless him! My respect! I love this man! Bravo Prince Philip!”

Another added: “Aw it’s so good to see him again.”

David McCarter praised the handover to Camilla : “She’s the right choice to hand it over to (well Camilla or Anne). Camilla always seems to really involve herself in her roles and patronages etc.”

Kim Richardson simply said: “Wonderful to see Prince Philip.”

One user was hesitant about the Duke’s activity: “He seems to hesitate at taking the steps. There should be an aide beside him.”

However, another disagreed, stating that it was “amazing” that he was unaided.

Despite the title being handed over to Camilla, the Duchess was not present, instead at the Highgrove House residence in Gloucestershire.

During the Windsor ceremony, the Duke was thanked for his 67 years of support for The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent regiments.

At Highgrove, the Duchess will be welcomed as the new colonel-in-chief by The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant.

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Prince Philip celebrated his 99th birthday on June 10 with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh is now officially the third oldest royal in British history after the Queen Mother at 101 and the Queen’s aunt, Princess Alice, at 102.

Phil Dampier, who has written books on Prince Philip, told ITV that one of the ways the Duke stays so fit is that everyday he does Canadian Airforce exercises.

The author said: “Prince Philip’s very much into having a daily routine. Every morning, even now at his age, he still does his daily Canadian Airforce exercises, which have kept him very fit.

“There’s not an ounce of fat on him, he’s got the same figure from 50 years ago.”

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