Most 92-year-olds enjoy the quiet solitude of home, perhaps taking it easy and not going out and about as much. Prince Philip is not your typical pensioner. After recovering from abdominal surgery in June, HRH is ready to be back on walkabouts and attending the numerous engagements he is quite used to.
After leaving hospital in June, The Duke of Edinburgh went to recuperate at Sandringham. He was able in August to join Her Majesty at Balmoral. In his first official engagement, HRH awarded medals at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 12 August. The Royal medals are conferred for life sciences, humanities, physical and engineering sciences, and social sciences as well as business and commerce. “It’s now quite a long time since I’ve been doing this. But it’s a great pleasure to be back in circulation again,” The Duke replied to the audience.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1951. Her Majesty is a patron and The Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal are Honorary Fellows with the Duke.
This past week His Royal Highness has been at Balmoral and has met his great-grandson, Prince George for the first time.
According to reports in 22 September edition of The Sunday Express, “he has already lined up 28 engagements before the end of November.” It is also reported that Prince Philip has requested aides to: “Please fill up my diary!”
The Duke of Edinburgh schedule ramps up on 30 September when he will stop at the Dersingham Bog Nature Reserve at Sandringham. HRH has been a patron of the Conservation Volunteers since 1971. The Conservation Volunteers are a group that assists in reclaiming green space throughout the UK.
While in Norfolk, His Royal Highness will make a stop at the St. Michael’s Care Complex on 8 October. The next day he will be joining Her Majesty for The Queen’s Baton Relay. The Baton Relay is the starting point for the Commonwealth Games.
After The Queen’s Baton Rally, the Duke will be at the opening of the new London office for his Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh thus far has 24 dates penciled in his schedule. Asked if any members of the Royal Family would suggest to HRH to take it easy; “Who’s going to be brave enough?” Grandson Peter Phillips was quoted as commenting. It looks as if there is a renewed vigor and there is no slowing down for the Duke of Edinburgh!