Prince Philip will have 'nothing to do' with 100th celebrations

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Prince Philip turns 100 in 2021, but the royal has been described by insiders as a ‘reluctant celebrant’ and reportedly wants ‘nothing to do’ with any plans to mark the major milestone.

The Duke of Edinburgh's 100th birthday is on June 10, with the subject of planning the occasion ‘to be raised' in the New Year.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip turns 100 in 2021. Photo: AP

“You can’t do something if someone doesn’t want something doing,” a Buckingham Palace aide told The Telegraph, adding Prince Philip wants 'nothing to do with it'.

“The one person you can guarantee will not want anything to do with [planning], is the Duke.”

One tradition Philip won't be able to escape is the congratulatory letter from his wife, Her Majesty – which he will receive just like any other Commonwealth citizen turning 100.


Depending on the coronavirus restrictions, insiders also added the royal family might simply choose to celebrate privately in some way.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly also hoping to fly over from their home in California to attend, as the date coincides with Prince Harry's Invictus Games, which are due to begin in The Hague on May 29.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip will likely still get a telegram from his wife. Photo: AP

It comes after the royal family already broke a a 32-year Christmas tradition this year by not attending church at Sandringham on Christmas Day due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also didn’t despite staying nearby at their country home in Anmer Hall.

Thousands normally flock to the paddock beside the church to watch the Queen and other members of the family attend the 11am service.

But the risk of spreading Covid-19 this year was too high, with Norfolk Police releasing a statement at the time.

"Members of the public and media are advised there will be no organised royal event at Sandringham this year.

"Members of the royal family will not be attending the usual Christmas Day service."

The Queen and Prince Philip spent Christmas 2020 at Windsor Castle instead of Sandringham.

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