So the Queen's 85, Now Prince Philip Turns 90

By: From CNN
By: From CNN

LONDON, England -- Prince Philip, the husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, turned 90 on Friday and marked the milestone with just another working day, according to Buckingham Palace officials.

Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, will continue with his numerous public and private engagements, although he will gradually "wind down" his workload, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

"I reckon I've done my bit, I want to enjoy myself now... have less responsibility, less frantic rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say," Philip said in an interview with the BBC.

"Plus my memory is going, I just can't remember names, I'm just sort of winding down," Philip added.

Gun salutes in London and Edinburgh, Scotland, celebrated the occasion and on Friday Philip hosted an event for the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, which is marking its centenary.

The Royal Mint, the official British coin maker, also marked the birthday by producing a commemorative £5 coin.

The queen marked the birthday by making Philip the titular, or nominal, head of the Royal Navy by conferring on him the title Lord High Admiral of the Navy, previously held by her. Philip gave up his naval career to devote his life to royal duty.

The official British Monarchy website said: "Since the queen's accession, His Royal Highness has played a prominent part in many aspects of national life."

The official celebration will be on Sunday with a service at Saint George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, southern England, attended by the royal family. Philip married Princess Elizabeth (now the queen) on 20 November, 1947 in Westminster Abbey, London, making him the longest-serving consort in British history.

Philip accompanies the queen on all her Commonwealth tours and state visits overseas and has made over 5,000 public speeches during his working life according to Buckingham Palace, the queen's official residence.

However, he is an outspoken and controversial figure in the UK.

Many like his no-nonsense approach to life and applaud his charitable work -- he is patron of about 800 organizations -- but some find many of his views and public comments racially and culturally offensive.

In 1995 he asked a Scottish driving instructor in Oban: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?"

In 1993 to a British tourist in Hungary, he said: "You can't have been here that long... you haven't got a pot belly."


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