The Queen and Prince Philip are expected to fly to Balmoral today

Jetting off on their staycation! Queen and Prince Philip arrive at RAF Northolt ahead of a flight to Balmoral to start their summer holiday after months isolating at Windsor Castle

  • The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, flew up to Balmoral this afternoon
  • The couple will remain at the Aberdeenshire estate until early October 
  • They were seen arriving at RAF Northolt, in west London, in the back of a car 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are en route to Balmoral for the start of their summer holiday.

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, arrived by car at RAF Northolt, west London, this afternoon ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire, where they will remain until early October. 

The Queen, 94, looked typically elegant in a powder blue jacket and dress as she arrived at the airfield in the back of a chauffeur-driven car. The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was dapper in a yellow collard shirt and green jumper.

A group of aides have already travelled up to the sprawling 50,000-acre Scottish estate to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival.

It is understood staff quarantined for two weeks in order to minimise the risk of the Queen or Prince Philip, who are both in their 90s, being exposed to Covid-19. 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are en route to Balmoral for the start of their summer holiday. The couple were seen arriving at RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their flight

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, travelled by car from Windsor to RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, travelled by car from Windsor to RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was dapper in a yellow collard shirt and green jumper as he travelled in the back of a car for the flight to Aberdeenshire this afternoon

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, was dapper in a yellow collard shirt and green jumper as he travelled in the back of a car for the flight to Aberdeenshire this afternoon

Reports suggest the hand-picked team of royal aides who will join the couple include Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the household; Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her pages.

Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, her equerry; Terry Pendry, her head groom; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her senior dresser; Jackie Newbold, Kelly’s PA; and three assistant dressers will also join, according to The Sunday Times.

The staff will minimise their contact with people outside the royal household in order to create a ‘Balmoral bubble’ designed to keep the Queen and Prince Philip safe. 

Measures will also be taken if any members of the royal family come to visit. Typically the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are joined by their children and grandchildren, as well as close friends, throughout the summer holiday.

However this year any visitors, who typically include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, will likely maintain social distancing while on site. 

Family members will not stay in the castle with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as they have done in previous years and will instead be housed in other properties in the grounds of the 50,000-acre estate.

They will be able to meet her for outside activities instead including walks, horse riding and picnics. 

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple's arrival. They will live in the main castle, pictured

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival. They will live in the main castle, pictured

Previous reports suggest staff have been banned from social activity and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been cancelled due to coronavirus.

An insider told the Mail on Sunday ‘stir-crazy’ aides are staying in the New Block, a dull granite building with a dozen bedrooms outside near the castle.

The insider said: ‘Without all the normal facilities which make a stay pleasant for staff, everyone’s saying it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.

‘It’s the assignment from hell because there is absolutely nothing people can do. The social club remains shut and the staff bar closed. With so little to do they’re going stir-crazy.’

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to fly to Balmoral today for the start of their summer holiday. Pictured, the couple in June at Windsor Castle

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to fly to Balmoral today for the start of their summer holiday. Pictured, the couple in June at Windsor Castle

The Queen and Prince Philip are expected to fly to Balmoral today

Start of the Queen’s staycation! Monarch and Prince Philip ‘fly to Balmoral’ to start their summer holiday after months isolating at Windsor Castle

  • The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are expected to fly to Balmoral today
  • The couple will remain at the Aberdeenshire estate until early October
  • They will be joined by a pared back staff who have been isolating at Windsor 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to fly to Balmoral today for the start of their summer holiday. 

The couple, who have been isolating at Windsor Castle since March, will travel by plane and will remain at the Aberdeenshire estate until early October.  

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival.

Buckingham Palace previously announced the Queen and Prince Philip would make the journey ‘in early August’ although an exact date was not confirmed.  

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are expected to fly to Balmoral today for the start of their summer holiday. Pictured, the couple in June at Windsor Castle

The Queen and Prince Philip are expected to be joined by family members during their stay but will maintain social distancing in a bid to protect the couple, both in their 90s, from the risk of Covid-19.

Family members will not stay in the castle with the couple as they have done in previous years and will instead be housed in other properties in the grounds of the 50,000-acre estate. 

They will be able to meet her for outside activities instead including walks, horse riding and picnics.

Staff have already at Balmoral are thought to have quarantined for two weeks. 

They will create a so-called ‘Balmoral bubble’ to help protect the Queen and Prince Philip.

They include Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the household; Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her pages. 

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple's arrival. They will live in the main castle, pictured

A group of aides have already travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival. They will live in the main castle, pictured

Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, her equerry; Terry Pendry, her head groom; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her senior dresser; Jackie Newbold, Kelly’s PA; and three assistant dressers will also join, according to The Sunday Times. 

Previous reports suggest staff have been banned from social activity and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been cancelled due to coronavirus.

An insider told the Mail on Sunday ‘stir-crazy’ aides are staying in the New Block, a dull granite building with a dozen bedrooms outside near the castle.

The insider said: ‘Without all the normal facilities which make a stay pleasant for staff, everyone’s saying it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.

‘It’s the assignment from hell because there is absolutely nothing people can do. The social club remains shut and the staff bar closed. With so little to do they’re going stir-crazy.’

Lady Louise Windsor, 16, joins her father Prince Edward on a horse riding hack in sunny Windsor

Lady Louise Windsor and Prince Edward made the most of the sunshine this morning with a horse riding hack around the stunning Windsor estate.

The 16-year-old royal showed off her impressive equestrian skills as she trotted behind her father, 56, atop an impressive brown steed.

The pair looked to be enjoying the fine weather as they rode through the countryside close to Windsor Castle – where Edward’s mother the Queen, 94, has been isolating with Prince Philip, 99, during lockdown. 

Her Majesty is expected to travel to the Balmoral estate in Scotland within days for their annual summer holiday. 

Lady Louise Windsor and Prince Edward made the most of the sunshine this morning with a horse riding hack around the stunning Windsor estate

Sophie Wessex and Lady Louise’s younger brother, James, Viscount Severn, 12, were absent from the horse-riding trip.

It’s the second time the teenager and her father have been spotted on a horse ride since the easing of lockdown. The family has spent the period holed up at their Bagshot Park residence in Surrey.

Lady Louise looked every inch the keen rider in a bright pink polo shirt and beige jodhpurs. 

Erring on the side of caution, the young royal also wore a protective back brace and riding helmet. 

Lady Louise, 16, showed off her impressive equestrian skills as she trotted behind her father atop an impressive brown steed

Lady Louise, 16, showed off her impressive equestrian skills as she trotted behind her father atop an impressive brown steed

Prince Edward and his daughter looked to be enjoying the fine weather as they trotted through the countryside close to Windsor Castle

Prince Edward and his daughter looked to be enjoying the fine weather as they trotted through the countryside close to Windsor Castle

Protective Edward, dressed in a lilac polo shirt with a black gilet and brown jodhpurs, looked to be keeping a close eye on his daughter during the outing. 

Confident Lady Louise looked at ease riding, despite having had a traumatic fall from her pony on the Queen’s estate at the age of eight which left her with a broken arm. 

In February 2018, Lady Louise was reported to have fractured a leg during a family break in the upmarket ski resort of St Moritz in Switzerland.

The royal, who was 14 years old at the time, fell and injured herself and ended up on crutches. 

Lady Louise is Edward and Sophie’s eldest child and only daughter – she is twelfth in line to the throne and is the Queen’s youngest granddaughter.

Lady Louise is Edward and Sophie's eldest child and only daughter - she is twelfth in line to the throne and is the Queen's youngest granddaughter. Pictured with her parents and brother James Viscount Severn

Lady Louise is Edward and Sophie’s eldest child and only daughter – she is twelfth in line to the throne and is the Queen’s youngest granddaughter. Pictured with her parents and brother James Viscount Severn

Her father, the Earl of Wessex, is tenth in line to the throne, which will be succeeded by his elder brother, Charles.

Lady Louise and her brother James join the royal family for major events, such as Trooping the Colour, but have largely grown up away from the limelight.

An avid horse rider, she often competes in the British Driving Society Championship for Young Drivers. 

Last month Sophie Wessex, 55, Patron of IAPB, launched the 2020 Eye Health Heroes award programme. The Countess has previously told how she was moved by her daughter’s vision problems to campaign on behalf of blind and visually impaired people around the world.

Sophie’s daughter Louise was born prematurely in 2003, causing a condition called strabismus, which left her with what the countess described as a ‘profound’ squint.

She has since had the problem corrected because cosmetically it was awkward for her, Sophie said, and she can now see properly. 

Yesterday it was reported royal aides who have travelled to Balmoral ahead of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s arrival are despairing that their Covid-secure sleeping quarters on the Scottish estate are like a ‘Colditz prison camp’.  

The hand-picked team of servants are in a two-week quarantine as they prepare the castle and some have found conditions wanting.

Staff have been banned from social activity and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been cancelled due to coronavirus. 

Royal aides despair that Covid-secure quarters in Balmoral are like ‘Colditz prison camp’

Don’t wish you were here: Royal aides despair that Covid-secure quarters in Balmoral are like ‘Colditz prison camp’

  • ‘Stir-crazy’ aides are preparing Balmoral for the Queen and Prince Philip’s arrival
  • They have been banned from socialising to protect the royals from coronavirus
  • The Queen and Prince Philip are expected within days and will stay for 12 weeks 

Royal aides are despairing that their Covid-secure sleeping quarters in Balmoral are like a ‘Colditz prison camp’.

A group of servants have travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family ahead of the Queen and Prince Philip’s arrival this summer.

The hand-picked team of aides are in a two-week quarantine as they prepare the castle and some have found conditions wanting.

Staff have been banned from social activity and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Royal aides are despairing that their Covid-secure sleeping quarters in Balmoral, the Royal residence in Scotland, are like a ‘Colditz prison camp’

An insider said ‘stir-crazy’ aides are staying in the New Block, a dull granite building with a dozen bedrooms outside near the castle.

The insider said: ‘Without all the normal facilities which make a stay pleasant for staff, everyone’s saying it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.

‘It’s the assignment from hell because there is absolutely nothing people can do.

‘The social club remains shut and the staff bar closed. With so little to do they’re going stir-crazy.’

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are expected at the Balmoral within days and will stay for 12 weeks

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are expected at the Balmoral within days and will stay for 12 weeks

The insider told The Sun aides are unable leave the castle grounds to visit local shops and pubs.

Three chefs, footmen, housemaids, pages and under-butlers are among the staff already currently residing at Balmoral.

Her Majesty, 94, and Philip, 99, are expected at the residence within days and will stay for 12 weeks.

Royal aides despair that Covid-secure quarters in Balmoral are like ‘Colditz prison camp’

Don’t wish you were here: Royal aides despair that Covid-secure quarters in Balmoral are like ‘Colditz prison camp’

  • ‘Stir-crazy’ aides are preparing Balmoral for the Queen and Prince Philip’s arrival
  • They have been banned from socialising to protect the royals from coronavirus
  • The Queen and Prince Philip are expected within days and will stay for 12 weeks 

Royal aides are despairing that their Covid-secure sleeping quarters in Balmoral are like a ‘Colditz prison camp’.

A group of servants have travelled up to the Scottish home of the Royal Family ahead of the Queen and Prince Philip’s arrival this summer.

The hand-picked team of aides are in a two-week quarantine as they prepare the castle and some have found conditions wanting.

Staff have been banned from social activity and the annual Ghillies Ball has also been cancelled due to coronavirus.

Royal aides are despairing that their Covid-secure sleeping quarters in Balmoral, the Royal residence in Scotland, are like a ‘Colditz prison camp’

An insider said ‘stir-crazy’ aides are staying in the New Block, a dull granite building with a dozen bedrooms outside near the castle.

The insider said: ‘Without all the normal facilities which make a stay pleasant for staff, everyone’s saying it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.

‘It’s the assignment from hell because there is absolutely nothing people can do.

‘The social club remains shut and the staff bar closed. With so little to do they’re going stir-crazy.’

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are expected at the Balmoral within days and will stay for 12 weeks

The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are expected at the Balmoral within days and will stay for 12 weeks

The insider told The Sun aides are unable leave the castle grounds to visit local shops and pubs.

Three chefs, footmen, housemaids, pages and under-butlers are among the staff already currently residing at Balmoral.

Her Majesty, 94, and Philip, 99, are expected at the residence within days and will stay for 12 weeks.

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Charles’s old school upsets former pupils with plan to open campuses in China

Numbering the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Zara and Peter Phillips among its alumni, £41,250-a-year Gordonstoun can lay claim to more royal connections than any other public school of the modern era.

But that has not insulated it from complaints by former pupils who are ‘horrified’ and ‘staggered’ by its plans to unveil several ‘Gordonstoun schools’ in China — at a time when the Chinese regime is cracking down on the democracy movement in Hong Kong.

Foremost among them is film director and author Justin Baldwin, who captained Gordonstoun’s hockey team before directing Cash In Hand, starring Richard E Grant. 

Numbering the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Zara and Peter Phillips among its alumni, £41,250-a-year Gordonstoun can lay claim to more royal connections than any other public school of the modern era 

He tells me: ‘Why would we put a school in a country where they have camps to convert Muslims by feeding them pork? That’s everything that [Gordonstoun’s founder] Kurt Hahn was against,’ adds Baldwin, author of In Strangers We Trust.

Hahn, imprisoned in his native Germany for speaking out against the Nazi regime, is invoked by another critic who tells me that at least 60 other Old Gordonstounians have expressed their dismay.

‘I was telephoned by someone from Gordonstoun who was trying to raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday next year.

‘Prince Philip is unbelievable — the perfect example of an Old Gordonstounian. But I’m not giving money at the moment. The more I think about what’s going on in Hong Kong, the more horrified I am. Kurt Hahn was a German Jew who fled to Britain from Nazi Germany. How is Gordonstoun going to reconcile his principles with a country under a Communist dictatorship?’

Hahn, imprisoned in his native Germany for speaking out against the Nazi regime, is invoked by another critic who tells me that at least 60 other Old Gordonstounians have expressed their dismay. The school is seen above

Hahn, imprisoned in his native Germany for speaking out against the Nazi regime, is invoked by another critic who tells me that at least 60 other Old Gordonstounians have expressed their dismay. The school is seen above

Gordonstoun assures me it ‘engages’ with former pupils ‘proactively’ if they raise concerns. 

‘A handful of alumni expressed reservations about our plans to open schools in China in 2022,’ says a spokeswoman. 

‘We outlined that we have our founding ethos at the centre of our plans for international expansion. We believe the school will contribute to the reform and innovation of education in China.’

Does Philip agree? Thirty-four years ago, on a tour of China, he observed that Beijing was ‘ghastly’ and advised a Scottish exchange student against remaining in the country too long, warning that if he did, he would become ‘slitty-eyed’.

Dame Judi’s latest look is— bananas!

Dame Judi Dench is a top banana in the acting world

Dame Judi Dench is a top banana in the acting world

Dame Judi Dench is a top banana in the acting world.

And the Shakespeare In Love actress shows she’s not afraid to send herself up, as she poses in this outfit given to her by Marvel actor James D’Arcy ironically after a misunderstanding about a word game. He worked briefly with the Bond star on Six Minutes To Midnight, a drama set on the eve of World War II.

‘I only worked with Dame Judi Dench for three days, but in that time she told me she was a big fan of the game Bananagrams,’ says D’Arcy.

‘I misheard and thought she wanted to be a Bananagram, so sent her the outfit to make her dreams come true. I’m told she loved it so much she will now only read scripts if she has her banana outfit on.’

It does have a certain ap-peel.

Spare a thought for best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin, whose 60th birthday party celebrations were ‘totally scuppered’ by the lockdown in Scotland.

‘I walked down to my local Edinburgh pub, The Oxford Bar, which was locked up, poured a can of beer into a glass I’d brought along, and had a drink on my own,’ says the king of tartan noir, whose next (and 23rd)Inspector Rebus novel, A Song For The Dark Times, is out in the autumn.

‘That was my 60th birthday party.’ 

Cara and Kaia’s social distancing needs work

Two into one will go! Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber showed they can both share the limelight as they squeezed into the same jumper this week and posted the image on Instagram.

Cara, 27, and Kaia, 18, are enjoying a blossoming friendship and were recently photographed in an affectionate embrace at a Black Lives Matter protest in the U.S.

Delevingne confirmed in May that she and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson had broken up after two years together.

Kaia, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, split from Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson last December. Just don’t mention social distancing!

Two into one will go! Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber showed they can both share the limelight as they squeezed into the same jumper this week and posted the image on Instagram

Two into one will go! Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber showed they can both share the limelight as they squeezed into the same jumper this week and posted the image on Instagram

Charles Berkeley, the aristocratic owner of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, where Edward II was imprisoned before his gruesome murder in 1327, recalls a spooky family tradition.

‘As children, we used to listen out on the anniversary of Edward II’s death — September 21 — when he’s supposed to scream. One night I did hear a shrill sound, like a baby screaming, so I went and woke my brother, Henry. We looked out of the window — and there was a fox.’

Andrew Lloyd Webber has acquired a new work of art from Morgan Howell — a giant 3D painting of the 1965 Rolling Stones single (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. 

‘Owning the original painting of the Satisfaction 7-inch by Morgan feels like owning a small but significant slice of pop history,’ says Lord Lloyd-Webber. 

‘A piece of vinyl that thrilled and excited millions of young people, including the 17-year-old me.’

Heidi Klum brushes up quite nicely

German supermodel Heidi Klum has added another string to her bow and started to paint while in lockdown.

Klum, 47, posted this image of herself in a striped bikini as she unveiled her latest artwork on a canvas from her home in California.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who is married to toyboy musician Tom Kaulitz, 30, says she ‘can’t stop painting’ as it keeps her ‘creative juices flowing’.

Unfortunately, the mother of four admits she has been unable to restrict her creative streak to the canvas, spilling paint on her mobile phone.

Klum, 47, posted this image of herself in a striped bikini as she unveiled her latest artwork on a canvas from her home in California

Klum, 47, posted this image of herself in a striped bikini as she unveiled her latest artwork on a canvas from her home in California

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Charles’s old school upsets former pupils with plan to open campuses in China

Numbering the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Zara and Peter Phillips among its alumni, £41,250-a-year Gordonstoun can lay claim to more royal connections than any other public school of the modern era.

But that has not insulated it from complaints by former pupils who are ‘horrified’ and ‘staggered’ by its plans to unveil several ‘Gordonstoun schools’ in China — at a time when the Chinese regime is cracking down on the democracy movement in Hong Kong.

Foremost among them is film director and author Justin Baldwin, who captained Gordonstoun’s hockey team before directing Cash In Hand, starring Richard E Grant. 

Numbering the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Zara and Peter Phillips among its alumni, £41,250-a-year Gordonstoun can lay claim to more royal connections than any other public school of the modern era 

He tells me: ‘Why would we put a school in a country where they have camps to convert Muslims by feeding them pork? That’s everything that [Gordonstoun’s founder] Kurt Hahn was against,’ adds Baldwin, author of In Strangers We Trust.

Hahn, imprisoned in his native Germany for speaking out against the Nazi regime, is invoked by another critic who tells me that at least 60 other Old Gordonstounians have expressed their dismay.

‘I was telephoned by someone from Gordonstoun who was trying to raise funds for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday next year.

‘Prince Philip is unbelievable — the perfect example of an Old Gordonstounian. But I’m not giving money at the moment. The more I think about what’s going on in Hong Kong, the more horrified I am. Kurt Hahn was a German Jew who fled to Britain from Nazi Germany. How is Gordonstoun going to reconcile his principles with a country under a Communist dictatorship?’

Hahn, imprisoned in his native Germany for speaking out against the Nazi regime, is invoked by another critic who tells me that at least 60 other Old Gordonstounians have expressed their dismay. The school is seen above

Hahn, imprisoned in his native Germany for speaking out against the Nazi regime, is invoked by another critic who tells me that at least 60 other Old Gordonstounians have expressed their dismay. The school is seen above

Gordonstoun assures me it ‘engages’ with former pupils ‘proactively’ if they raise concerns. 

‘A handful of alumni expressed reservations about our plans to open schools in China in 2022,’ says a spokeswoman. 

‘We outlined that we have our founding ethos at the centre of our plans for international expansion. We believe the school will contribute to the reform and innovation of education in China.’

Does Philip agree? Thirty-four years ago, on a tour of China, he observed that Beijing was ‘ghastly’ and advised a Scottish exchange student against remaining in the country too long, warning that if he did, he would become ‘slitty-eyed’.

Dame Judi’s latest look is— bananas!

Dame Judi Dench is a top banana in the acting world

Dame Judi Dench is a top banana in the acting world

Dame Judi Dench is a top banana in the acting world.

And the Shakespeare In Love actress shows she’s not afraid to send herself up, as she poses in this outfit given to her by Marvel actor James D’Arcy ironically after a misunderstanding about a word game. He worked briefly with the Bond star on Six Minutes To Midnight, a drama set on the eve of World War II.

‘I only worked with Dame Judi Dench for three days, but in that time she told me she was a big fan of the game Bananagrams,’ says D’Arcy.

‘I misheard and thought she wanted to be a Bananagram, so sent her the outfit to make her dreams come true. I’m told she loved it so much she will now only read scripts if she has her banana outfit on.’

It does have a certain ap-peel.

Spare a thought for best-selling crime writer Ian Rankin, whose 60th birthday party celebrations were ‘totally scuppered’ by the lockdown in Scotland.

‘I walked down to my local Edinburgh pub, The Oxford Bar, which was locked up, poured a can of beer into a glass I’d brought along, and had a drink on my own,’ says the king of tartan noir, whose next (and 23rd)Inspector Rebus novel, A Song For The Dark Times, is out in the autumn.

‘That was my 60th birthday party.’ 

Cara and Kaia’s social distancing needs work

Two into one will go! Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber showed they can both share the limelight as they squeezed into the same jumper this week and posted the image on Instagram.

Cara, 27, and Kaia, 18, are enjoying a blossoming friendship and were recently photographed in an affectionate embrace at a Black Lives Matter protest in the U.S.

Delevingne confirmed in May that she and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson had broken up after two years together.

Kaia, daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber, split from Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson last December. Just don’t mention social distancing!

Two into one will go! Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber showed they can both share the limelight as they squeezed into the same jumper this week and posted the image on Instagram

Two into one will go! Supermodels Cara Delevingne and Kaia Gerber showed they can both share the limelight as they squeezed into the same jumper this week and posted the image on Instagram

Charles Berkeley, the aristocratic owner of Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, where Edward II was imprisoned before his gruesome murder in 1327, recalls a spooky family tradition.

‘As children, we used to listen out on the anniversary of Edward II’s death — September 21 — when he’s supposed to scream. One night I did hear a shrill sound, like a baby screaming, so I went and woke my brother, Henry. We looked out of the window — and there was a fox.’

Andrew Lloyd Webber has acquired a new work of art from Morgan Howell — a giant 3D painting of the 1965 Rolling Stones single (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. 

‘Owning the original painting of the Satisfaction 7-inch by Morgan feels like owning a small but significant slice of pop history,’ says Lord Lloyd-Webber. 

‘A piece of vinyl that thrilled and excited millions of young people, including the 17-year-old me.’

Heidi Klum brushes up quite nicely

German supermodel Heidi Klum has added another string to her bow and started to paint while in lockdown.

Klum, 47, posted this image of herself in a striped bikini as she unveiled her latest artwork on a canvas from her home in California.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, who is married to toyboy musician Tom Kaulitz, 30, says she ‘can’t stop painting’ as it keeps her ‘creative juices flowing’.

Unfortunately, the mother of four admits she has been unable to restrict her creative streak to the canvas, spilling paint on her mobile phone.

Klum, 47, posted this image of herself in a striped bikini as she unveiled her latest artwork on a canvas from her home in California

Klum, 47, posted this image of herself in a striped bikini as she unveiled her latest artwork on a canvas from her home in California

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to travel to Balmoral for annual summer holiday in August


The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel to Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire for their annual summer break in ‘early August’, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. 

Her Majesty, 94, had been self-isolating in Windsor Castle since March, but is now set to travel to Scotland alongside Prince Philip, 99, next month.

Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl also revealed how Prince Charles, 71, is ‘looking forward’ to spending time with Prince William, 38, and Kate Middleton, 38, and his grandchildren Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, Prince Louis, two, during a ‘family holiday’ in Scotland in August.   

Reports had previously suggested the Queen and Prince Philip were keen to get away for their annual holiday, but would remain socially-distanced from family – who will stay in separate buildings so the royal couple could stay safe from coronavirus.  

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will travel to Balmoral in early-August for their annual summer holiday, Buckingham Palace has confirmed 

The royal couple will leave Windsor Castle, where they have been isolating for the last four months, and travel to Balmoral early next month

The royal couple will leave Windsor Castle, where they have been isolating for the last four months, and travel to Balmoral early next month 

Although other members of her family will join them for the traditional summer get-together this time they will not be able to get close to the monarch.

When they get to the 50,000-acre estate in Aberdeenshire she will not host them in the castle, instead staying in other properties on the grounds.

They will be able to meet her for outside activities instead including walks, horse riding and picnics.

A source said a ‘Balmoral bubble’ of staff numbering some will join the Queen and Philip. 

Meanwhile Vanity Fair's Katie Nicholl said the Cambridges would also travel to Scotland next month for a family holiday (pictured, the Duke and Duchess with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis)

Meanwhile Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl said the Cambridges would also travel to Scotland next month for a family holiday (pictured, the Duke and Duchess with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis) 

Prince Charles and Camilla are also 'looking forward' to joining the family for a holiday in Scotland next month, according to the royal expert

Prince Charles and Camilla are also ‘looking forward’ to joining the family for a holiday in Scotland next month, according to the royal expert 

They include Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the household; Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her pages.

Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, her equerry; Terry Pendry, her head groom; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her senior dresser; Jackie Newbold, Kelly’s PA; and three assistant dressers will also join, according to The Sunday Times.

The Queen has spent a 12-week break at Balmoral for each of the past 68 years of her reign.

Since the coronavirus crisis started, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have been in joint isolation at Windsor Castle since the start of lockdown in March. 

The Royals at Balmoral back in 2003, with their pet dogs walking in the grounds

The Royals at Balmoral back in 2003, with their pet dogs walking in the grounds

They holidayed in Balmoral back in 1960, with the Queen, Prince Philip and their children, Prince Charles, right, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, seen here

They holidayed in Balmoral back in 1960, with the Queen, Prince Philip and their children, Prince Charles, right, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, seen here

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall recently moved from Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate, to their London home of Clarence House as they lead the royal family in returning to public engagements after lockdown.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remain at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, with their three children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two. 

The news emerges hours after Prince Philip performed a rare public engagement as he formally handed over his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall. 

The Queen had been isolating in Windsor Castle and had to hold her audience with the Prime Minister by telephone as the Coronavirus spread around the UK

The Queen had been isolating in Windsor Castle and had to hold her audience with the Prime Minister by telephone as the Coronavirus spread around the UK

The Queen rides Balmoral Fern, named after the famous Scottish residence for the Royals

The Queen rides Balmoral Fern, named after the famous Scottish residence for the Royals

The Duke has been closely associated with The Rifles and its earlier regiments for almost 70 years, but he has now handed over his role to Camilla. Amid extreme social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, she took part in the second half of the ceremony 100 miles away, at her Highgrove home in Gloucestershire, in a similar event.

Today, Philip stepped out of the castle’s Equerries Entrance, smart in his blazer, regimental tie and highly polished brogues, cheerily waving his hand.

The royal – who is a patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations – has been officially retired since 2017, 

The news emerges hours after Prince Phillip performed a rare public engagement as he formally handed over his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall

The news emerges hours after Prince Phillip performed a rare public engagement as he formally handed over his role as Colonel-in-Chief of the infantry regiment The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Phillip attends first Royal engagement in over a year


The Duke of Edinburgh briefly came out of retirement today to take part in a rare official public engagement as he transfered his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall.

But Philip, 99, who has been rarely seen in public since he retired in 2017, was nearly 100 miles apart from his daughter-in-law Camilla, as they both carried out ceremonies to mark the historic occasion.

Amid extreme social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen’s consort Philip was at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, while the duchess was at her Gloucestershire home of Highgrove House.

At Windsor Castle, four buglers from the Band and Bugles of The Rifles were standing to attention when the duke – who served as a Royal Navy officer during the Second World War – arrived on the steps of the Equerries’ Entrance. 

Philip was then thanked for his 67 years of support for The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent regiments, by Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes.

The Duke – who was also pictured after attending Princess Beatrice’s wedding last Friday – looked in good health and smiled for photographers before standing ram-rod straight and listening to what was said.

WO2 Senior Bugle Major Simon Topp later said it was a ‘great privilege’ to speak to the Duke and he was ‘on excellent form’. Meanwhile royal expert Phil Dampier said: ‘Great to see the Iron Duke in rude health.’

The Duke of Edinburgh waves day as he arrives for the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle this afternoon

The Duke waves at Windsor Castle today

The Duke today takes part in a rare official public engagement as he transfers his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles

The Duke today takes part in a rare official public engagement in Windsor as he transfers his Colonel-in-Chief role

Philip, pictured today, has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953

Philip, pictured today, has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953

The Buglers then sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the ‘No More Parades’ call, to mark the Duke’s final ceremony as Colonel-in-Chief.

Royal expert Mr Dampier, who wrote a 2012 book on Philip, tweeted today: ‘After health problems last winter, Prince Philip seems back on top form. Onward to 100!’

Immediately afterwards at Highgrove, the arrival of Camilla was marked by four Buglers of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles sounding The Rifles Assembly. 

The Duchess was addressed by The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, General Sir Patrick Sanders, who welcomed her as the new Colonel-in-Chief.

The ceremony at Windsor began today when four Buglers, of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, stood to attention

The ceremony at Windsor began today when four Buglers, of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, stood to attention

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle in Berkshire this afternoon

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle in Berkshire this afternoon

The Buglers sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the 'No More Parades' call, during today's ceremony at Windsor

Philip smiles at Windsor today

The Buglers sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the ‘No More Parades’ call, during today’s ceremony at Windsor

The Duke of Edinburgh waves as he takes part in the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle today

The Duke of Edinburgh waves as he takes part in the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle today

The Buglers then sounded The Rifles Regimental Call and The Advance, following which Camilla met the Buglers and a small party from 4th Battalion The Rifles, before retiring for an audience with General Sanders.

Philip was recently pictured with the Queen at Windsor to mark his 99th birthday on June 10, and at Princess Beatrice’s wedding last Friday. 

He was last seen at a big event when he was a guest at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May 2019. The ceremony this afternoon is Philip’s first engagement in more than a year.

In June 2019, he held an audience when he received General Sir Nicholas Carter who was relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of The Rifles.

JULY 17, 2020: The Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen after Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding, standing socially distanced outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor last Friday

JULY 17, 2020: The Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen after Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s wedding, standing socially distanced outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor last Friday

JUNE 6, 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip pose in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Philip's 99th birthday on June 10

JUNE 6, 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip pose in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Philip’s 99th birthday on June 10

MAY 18, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh shares a joke with the Duke of Sussex as they leave following the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle last year

MAY 18, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh shares a joke with the Duke of Sussex as they leave following the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle last year

DECEMBER 24, 2019: Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Christmas Eve last year after having treatment relating to a "pre-existing condition". His stay was described as a "precautionary measure" by Buckingham Palace. Philip left hospital after four nights and travelled to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen

DECEMBER 24, 2019: Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Christmas Eve last year after having treatment relating to a ‘pre-existing condition’. His stay was described as a ‘precautionary measure’ by Buckingham Palace. Philip left hospital after four nights and travelled to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen 

MAY 11, 2019: Philip takes his seat in the royal box with the Queen for the Royal Windsor Horse Show's pageant event last year

MAY 11, 2019: Philip takes his seat in the royal box with the Queen for the Royal Windsor Horse Show’s pageant event last year

MAY 9, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh is seen driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire last year

MAY 9, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh is seen driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire last year

MAY 7, 2019: The duke makes a rare appearance at a royal engagement, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle

MAY 7, 2019: The duke makes a rare appearance at a royal engagement, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle

On August 2, 2017, he carried out his final official engagement as he retired from public duties. Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007 and will continue to hold this position.

Philip’s links to The Rifles stretches back to 1953 when he was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh’s).

He has served in the position for successive regiments which now make up The Rifles since, and has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007.

Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007. 

What has Prince Philip been up to over the past 18 months? Duke’s recent appearances revealed as he carries out a rare engagement at Windsor Castle

The Duke of Edinburgh retired nearly three years ago after decades of royal service. Philip, 99, has kept himself busy, holding audiences, attending royal weddings and meeting new additions to the family.

He survived a car crash early in 2019, emerging unscathed when his vehicle flipped over after colliding with another carrying two women and a baby.

The duke has been staying at Windsor Castle with the Queen for the past 18 weeks in HMS Bubble – the nickname given to the couple’s reduced household of devoted staff during lockdown.

As Philip briefly steps out of retirement to carry out a rare official public engagement this afternoon, here is a look at what he has been up to over the past year and a half:

2019

  • January 17 – The duke is involved in a car crash when the Land Rover Freelander he is driving overturns after hitting another vehicle carrying two women and a baby near the Sandringham estate.
  • January 19- Photographs emerge of Philip driving a Land Rover without his seat belt on at Sandringham just two days after the crash.
  • January 27 – It emerges that the duke has written to passenger Emma Fairweather wishing her a ‘speedy recovery from a very distressing experience’.
  • February 9 – Buckingham Palace announces that Philip has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence ‘after careful consideration’.
  • February 14 – The Crown Prosecution Service confirms that the duke will face no further action in relation to the accident.
  • April 19 – Philip becomes the third oldest royal in British history, overtaking Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who was 97 years and 10 months when she died in 1981.
  • May 7 – The duke makes a rare appearance at a royal engagement, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle.
  • May 8 – Philip is pictured with his new great-grandson, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
  • May 9 – The duke is seen driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
  • May 11 – Philip takes his seat in the royal box with the Queen and the Duke of Sussex for the horse show’s pageant event.
  • May 16 – Philip receives Martin Palmer, secretary general, Alliance of Religions and Conservation, at Windsor Castle.
  • May 18 – The duke looks in fine form as he attends Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
  • June 10 – Philip turns 98.
  • June 21 – The duke holds an audience with General Sir Nicholas Carter, who is relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of The Rifles.
  • November 20 – The Queen and Philip reach their 72nd wedding anniversary, spending the day separately, with the monarch in London and the duke at Sandringham. On the same day, the Duke of York steps down from royal duties amid the Epstein scandal.
  • December 20- The duke is admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London for treatment relating to a ‘pre-existing condition’. His stay is described as a ‘precautionary measure’ by Buckingham Palace.
  • December 24 – Philip leaves hospital after four nights and travels to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen.

2020

  • March 19 – The duke travels from Sandringham to Windsor Castle to stay with the Queen ahead of the nation going into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • April 20 – In his first major statement since his retirement, Philip praises key workers including refuse and postal staff who have been keeping essential services running.
  • June 10 2020 – The duke turns 99 and is photographed with the Queen to celebrate the occasion.
  • July 17 – The duke attends his granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s secret lockdown wedding.
  • July 22 – In his first official engagement in more than a year, Philip is to take part in a ceremony at Windsor to hand over his role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be at Highgrove.

Prince Phillip attends first Royal engagement in over a year


The Duke of Edinburgh briefly came out of retirement today to take part in a rare official public engagement as he transfered his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall.

But Philip, who has been rarely seen in public since he retired in 2017, was nearly 100 miles apart from his daughter-in-law Camilla, as they both carried out ceremonies to mark the historic occasion.

Amid extreme social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, Philip, 99, was at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, while the duchess was at her Gloucestershire home of Highgrove House.

The ceremony at Windsor Castle began at 12pm when four Buglers, of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, sounded The Rifles Assembly to call upon the arrival of the Duke. 

Philip was then thanked for his 67 years of support for The Rifles, and their forming and antecedent regiments, by Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes.

The Duke of Edinburgh waves today as he arrives for the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle this afternoon

The Duke waves at Windsor Castle today

The Duke today takes part in a rare official public engagement as he transfers his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles

The Duke today takes part in a rare official public engagement in Windsor as he transfers his Colonel-in-Chief role

Philip, pictured today, has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953

Philip, pictured today, has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953

The ceremony at Windsor began today when four Buglers, of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, sounded The Rifles Assembly

The ceremony at Windsor began today when four Buglers, of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles, sounded The Rifles Assembly

The Buglers then sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the ‘No More Parades’ call, to mark the Duke’s final ceremony as Colonel-in-Chief.

Royal expert Phil Dampier, who wrote the 2012 book Prince Philip: Wise Words and Golden Gaffes, tweeted today: ‘After health problems last winter, Prince Philip seems back on top form. Onward to 100!’ 

Immediately afterwards at Highgrove, the arrival of Camilla was marked by four Buglers of The Band and Bugles of The Rifles sounding The Rifles Assembly. 

The Duchess was addressed by The Rifles’ Colonel Commandant, General Sir Patrick Sanders, who welcomed her as the new Colonel-in-Chief.

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle in Berkshire this afternoon

Prince Philip smiles during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle in Berkshire this afternoon

The Buglers sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the 'No More Parades' call, during today's ceremony at Windsor

Philip smiles at Windsor today

The Buglers sounded The Rifles Regimental Call, followed by the ‘No More Parades’ call, during today’s ceremony at Windsor

The Duke of Edinburgh waves as he takes part in the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle today

The Duke of Edinburgh waves as he takes part in the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle today

The Buglers then sounded The Rifles Regimental Call and The Advance, following which Camilla met the Buglers and a small party from 4th Battalion The Rifles, before retiring for an audience with General Sanders.

Philip was recently pictured with the Queen at Windsor to mark his 99th birthday on June 10, and at Princess Beatrice’s wedding last Friday. 

He was last seen at a big event when he was a guest at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in May 2019. The ceremony this afternoon is Philip’s first engagement in more than a year.

In June 2019, he held an audience when he received General Sir Nicholas Carter who was relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of The Rifles.

JULY 17, 2020: The Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen after Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi's wedding, standing socially distanced outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor last Friday

JULY 17, 2020: The Duke of Edinburgh with the Queen after Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s wedding, standing socially distanced outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge in Windsor last Friday

JUNE 6, 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip pose in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Philip's 99th birthday on June 10

JUNE 6, 2020: The Queen and Prince Philip pose in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle to mark Philip’s 99th birthday on June 10

MAY 18, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh shares a joke with the Duke of Sussex as they leave following the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle last year

MAY 18, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh shares a joke with the Duke of Sussex as they leave following the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle last year

DECEMBER 24, 2019: Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII's Hospital in London on Christmas Eve last year after having treatment relating to a "pre-existing condition". His stay was described as a "precautionary measure" by Buckingham Palace. Philip left hospital after four nights and travelled to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen

DECEMBER 24, 2019: Prince Philip leaves King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Christmas Eve last year after having treatment relating to a ‘pre-existing condition’. His stay was described as a ‘precautionary measure’ by Buckingham Palace. Philip left hospital after four nights and travelled to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen 

MAY 11, 2019: Philip takes his seat in the royal box with the Queen for the Royal Windsor Horse Show's pageant event last year

MAY 11, 2019: Philip takes his seat in the royal box with the Queen for the Royal Windsor Horse Show’s pageant event last year

MAY 9, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh is seen driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire last year

MAY 9, 2019: The Duke of Edinburgh is seen driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Berkshire last year

MAY 7, 2019: The duke makes a rare appearance at a royal engagement, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle

MAY 7, 2019: The duke makes a rare appearance at a royal engagement, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle

On August 2, 2017, he carried out his final official engagement as he retired from public duties. Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007 and will continue to hold this position.

Philip’s links to The Rifles stretches back to 1953 when he was appointed Colonel-in-Chief of The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh’s).

He has served in the position for successive regiments which now make up The Rifles since, and has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007.

Camilla was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007. 

What has Prince Philip been up to over the past 18 months? Duke’s recent appearances revealed as he carries out a rare engagement at Windsor Castle

The Duke of Edinburgh retired nearly three years ago after decades of royal service. Philip, 99, has kept himself busy, holding audiences, attending royal weddings and meeting new additions to the family.

He survived a car crash early in 2019, emerging unscathed when his vehicle flipped over after colliding with another carrying two women and a baby.

The duke has been staying at Windsor Castle with the Queen for the past 18 weeks in HMS Bubble – the nickname given to the couple’s reduced household of devoted staff during lockdown.

As Philip briefly steps out of retirement to carry out a rare official public engagement this afternoon, here is a look at what he has been up to over the past year and a half:

2019

  • January 17 – The duke is involved in a car crash when the Land Rover Freelander he is driving overturns after hitting another vehicle carrying two women and a baby near the Sandringham estate.
  • January 19- Photographs emerge of Philip driving a Land Rover without his seat belt on at Sandringham just two days after the crash.
  • January 27 – It emerges that the duke has written to passenger Emma Fairweather wishing her a ‘speedy recovery from a very distressing experience’.
  • February 9 – Buckingham Palace announces that Philip has voluntarily surrendered his driving licence ‘after careful consideration’.
  • February 14 – The Crown Prosecution Service confirms that the duke will face no further action in relation to the accident.
  • April 19 – Philip becomes the third oldest royal in British history, overtaking Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, who was 97 years and 10 months when she died in 1981.
  • May 7 – The duke makes a rare appearance at a royal engagement, joining the Queen and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough at a luncheon for Order of Merit members at Windsor Castle.
  • May 8 – Philip is pictured with his new great-grandson, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
  • May 9 – The duke is seen driving a carriage at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
  • May 11 – Philip takes his seat in the royal box with the Queen and the Duke of Sussex for the horse show’s pageant event.
  • May 16 – Philip receives Martin Palmer, secretary general, Alliance of Religions and Conservation, at Windsor Castle.
  • May 18 – The duke looks in fine form as he attends Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
  • June 10 – Philip turns 98.
  • June 21 – The duke holds an audience with General Sir Nicholas Carter, who is relinquishing his appointment as Colonel Commandant of The Rifles.
  • November 20 – The Queen and Philip reach their 72nd wedding anniversary, spending the day separately, with the monarch in London and the duke at Sandringham. On the same day, the Duke of York steps down from royal duties amid the Epstein scandal.
  • December 20- The duke is admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in central London for treatment relating to a ‘pre-existing condition’. His stay is described as a ‘precautionary measure’ by Buckingham Palace.
  • December 24 – Philip leaves hospital after four nights and travels to Sandringham to spend Christmas with the Queen.

2020

  • March 19 – The duke travels from Sandringham to Windsor Castle to stay with the Queen ahead of the nation going into lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • April 20 – In his first major statement since his retirement, Philip praises key workers including refuse and postal staff who have been keeping essential services running.
  • June 10 2020 – The duke turns 99 and is photographed with the Queen to celebrate the occasion.
  • July 17 – The duke attends his granddaughter Princess Beatrice’s secret lockdown wedding.
  • July 22 – In his first official engagement in more than a year, Philip is to take part in a ceremony at Windsor to hand over his role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles to the Duchess of Cornwall, who will be at Highgrove.