The Duke of Edinburgh is to travel to Fallingbostel in Germany on 12th June to present medals to the 4th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, it was announced today.
Prince Philip, who will have celebrated his 93rd birthday just two days before the trip, has been royal colonel of the battalion since 2006 when the regiment known as the Highlanders was amalgamated into the Royal Regiment of Scotland – within the Armed Forces, the battalion known more commonly by the abbreviation ’4 SCOTS’.
His Royal Highness’s last trip to Germany was in May 2012 when he presented medals to The Queen’s Royal Hussars in Sennelager.
Whilst Buckingham Palace say overseas travel for the Duke and The Queen is being reduced year-on-year, there seems to be little evidence of a complete halt to it. Her Majesty and the Duke are also set to embark on a State Visit to France on 5th-7th June which will be The Queen’s first state visit since 2011 when she visited Ireland.
Both The Queen and Prince Philip made a one-day visit to Rome last month where they met the President of Italy and also Pope Francis.
Despite his age, the Duke of Edinburgh himself still occasionally carries out one-day engagements overseas on his own including a visit to Belgium in November as part of remembrance day commemorations in Ypres. Joined by Prince Laurent of Belgium, Prince Philip laid a wreath and watched over the transporting of soil from Flanders fields, a region which saw a lot of action during the First World War, which was later taken back to the UK to create a memorial garden in London.
Last year, the Duke performed almost 200 engagement, around 100 down on previous years largely due to his convalescence period after undergoing exploratory surgery on his abdomen in June.
Tomorrow, Prince Philip will join The Queen at the Royal Maundy service this year in Blackburn Cathedral where Her Majesty will hand out the traditional maundy money to local pensioners at the service, one man and one woman for every year of Her Majesty’s age.
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