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Royals to mark Duke's 90th birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday will be celebrated by a service attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace has said.

Philip's family will gather at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle to mark the milestone a few days after his birthday on June 10.

The duke's 90th birthday celebrations have already begun with a special webpage - featuring 90 facts about the royal - launched on the official Monarchy website.

On Philip's birthday itself it will be business as usual, with two normal engagements planned.

In the afternoon, in his role as patron, he will hold a reception to mark the centenary of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. And that evening, in his capacity as Senior Colonel, Household Division, he will chair the Senior Colonels' Conference and afterwards hold a dinner.

The special webpage dedicated to Philip's birthday includes a collection of photographs chronicling the life of the Queen's consort.

One intimate black and white image shows the duke and the monarch as parents with their first two children, the Prince of Wales and Princess Royal.

As a young Anne sits on a swing and her older brother Charles stands above her, the Duke pushes both of them as the Queen looks on during a holiday at Balmoral in September 1955.

Others pictures include Philip in a group photograph, dated 1944-46, with fellow officers on the warship HMS Whelp and as a young man at his school Gordonstoun.

The images also cover recent years and one shows Philip greeting Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of the Queen at Edinburgh Airport last year at the start of the pontiff's four-day visit to the UK. Another pictures him visiting the Cutty Sark to view the ship and restoration work on the vessel a few weeks ago in south-east London.


From Belfast Telegraph