The 91-year-old Duke attended today’s engagement in Toronto, Canada with a black eye which officials say wasn’t caused by any sort of fall, but that the Duke simply woke up with the injury and no one quite knows how he got it.
In 2004, at the 150th anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava, Prince Philip wore sunglasses to conceal heavy bruising sustained when he slipped in the bath.
In February 2009, the Duke of Edinburgh sported a similar injury which later transpired to have been as a result of a carriage driving accident. Carriage driving being a favourite pastime of the Duke since he had to give up polo many years ago.
The Duke is no stranger to injury, in 2010 he was injured in another carriage driving accident was injured in an accident when the ponies pulling his driving carriage bolted. At the time, Buckingham Palace said, “The Duke of Edinburgh suffered a minor injury to his ankle but did not need hospital or medical treatment and he has been out and about as normal this afternoon.”
On today’s injury, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said, “He [the Duke] is well and is currently undertaking an engagement in Canada.”
In his advancing age now, the Duke of Edinburgh has been encouraged to slow down and to take on fewer engagements (advice some say he has not taken too well, but has adhered to anyway). Recently, Prince William took presidency of the Fields in Trust organisation that Prince Philip was heavily involved in as President at the time of his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth.
Today’s visit to Canada was the first independent oversees engagement for the Duke for a few years, some estimating since 2011 and by all accounts, this is likely to be a one-off, with the Duke not being expected to perform many oversees engagements in the future.