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The Duke of Edinburgh returns to work

The Duke of Edinburgh has returned to work at Buckingham Palace after being forced to cancel an engagement on Tuesday following medical advice.

Prince Philip, who turns 95 next week, met with the German President at Buckingham Palace, alongside his wife, The Queen.

Speaking to the German President Joachim Gauck, the Duke apologied for not being able to attend yesterday’s commemorations for the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Jutland.

He told the president: “I want to apologise for not being there”.

Prince Philip was scheduled to attend the Battle of Jutland commemorations Princess Annein Orkney yesterday.

However, after receiving medical advice, the Prince was forced to pull out from the visit.
On Thursday, the Duke is scheduled to attend a reception and take the salute at Sound Retreat on Horse Guards Parade. He will also visit the Veterans Aid hostel in London.

Buckingham Palace have not specified what was wrong with the Duke, but they said at the time there were no plans to cancel any other engagements in the week.

The Battle of Jutland saw the main fleets of the British and German navies clash on the eastern side of the North Sea on 31st May, 1916. It was the largest naval battle of World War I and played a decisive role in the allied victory two years later.

The Orkney Islands served as the main base for the Royal Navy during the First World War and will be the major focal point for the anniversary ceremony. On 31 May, Prince Philip will attend a service at St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Following the mass, the Prince will join a ceremony at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery in Hoy.

110,000 sailors in 150 British and 100 German vessels fought for control of the waters and, despite losing 6,000 sailors with many others burned or wounded, the British maintained command of the sea.

Featured photo credit: Michael Garnett via Flickr CC

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