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From feeding an elephant to meeting Tom Cruise: Philip’s 2017 so far


The Princess Royal has been the busiest royal for public engagements.

The Duke of Edinburgh has spent 25 days so far this year carrying out public engagements – more than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen.

Philip’s appearances out and about with the monarch in the public eye since the start of 2017 have ranged from feeding an elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to attending the unveiling of a national memorial on Horse Guards Parade.

Solo engagements by the 95-year-old also included opening the new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday and meeting actor Tom Cruise at a Buckingham Palace dinner to mark the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust in March.

The Queen has spent 22 days carrying out public engagements since January 1, up to and including May 3. Likewise, Kate has spent 22 days on public events while William totalled 23 days.

The figures, compiled by the Press Association, do not include audiences and behind-the-scenes meetings, but purely events held in public or where the royals have met invited members of the public.

Philip’s daughter the Princess Royal has been the busiest royal for public engagements so far – with 63 days – while future king the Prince of Wales is next with 48.

The Duke of York has notched up 32 days, the Duchess of Cornwall 30, Prince Harry 28 and the Earl of Wessex 27.

The Queen also works every day on the official papers contained in her red boxes.

:: Number of days spent on public engagements in 2017 so far (up to May 3)

The Queen: 22

Duchess of Cambridge: 22

Duke of Cambridge: 23

Duke of Edinburgh: 25

Earl of Wessex: 27

Prince Harry: 28

Duchess of Cornwall: 30

Duke of York: 32

Prince of Wales: 48

Princess Royal: 63

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