The Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip pulls out of Easter Sunday church service due to illness

The Duke of Edinburgh has been forced to miss the traditional Easter Sunday church service due to illness.

Prince Philip, who turns 97-years-old in a few weeks time, had to pull out of two rare engagements last month due to illness making this his third absence.

Last week The Queen’s husband did not attend the Maundy Thursday service at Windsor Castle due to a hip problem.

The week before that, Prince Philip also pulled out of an engagement where he was due to formally hand his role as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards onto his son, Prince Andrew, but could not attend as he was feeling unwell.

Although the Duke was unable to attend the Easter Service, Her Majesty wasn’t alone as she was joined by many members of her family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge followed the Monarch into the church. It is only the second time the couple have spent Easter Sunday with The Queen.

They were followed in by a heavily pregnant Zara Tindall and Princess Beatrice alongside her fiance Jack Brooksbank.

Also present were The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence alongside the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn.

The Easter Service took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the same venue where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in May, and Princess Eugenie will marry Jack Brooksbank in October.