90th Birthday Celebration Service, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor for Prince Philip
Rain failed to damper the 90th birthday celebration for Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, on Sunday, June 12, 2011, when some 750 guests attended a service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, to mark the Duke’s birthday. The Duke was praised by the Dean of Windsor for being of great support to the Queen. The Dean also rightly pointed out that Prince Philip should be paid tribute for his charitable work (which includes the patronage of 800 organizations), as well as his service to Great Britain and the Commonwealth. The dean insisted that praise should be given and acknowledged, even though the Prince “doesn’t like to be praised.”
Many members of the British Royal Family attended the service, as well as other royalty and Prince Philip’s Mountbatten relations. Present and past staff and retainers as well as friends and associates from the sporting world also attended. The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were there as well. Catherine drew fashion pundits’ attention as she wore a familiar blue Jacquard coat dress from 2009, this time teamed with a different hat and shoes.
In an interview with the BBC, Prince Philip admitted that he will scale back somewhat on his workload. “I reckon I’ve done my bit,” said the Duke. “I want to enjoy myself a bit now, with less responsibility, less frantic rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say…I’m just sort of winding down.”
The Queen, in recognition of her husband’s service, granted the Duke of Edinburgh the title of Lord High Admiral, which signifies being the titular head of the British Royal Navy, an appropriate title, as Prince Philip had served on active duty with the Royal Navy.