Prince Philip returns to royal work
Prince Philip has had enough pampering for a while.
The Queen's 91-year-old husband and consort has been out of action for about 11 days, five of them spent in hospital with a bladder infection.
On Friday, following more recuperation at home, he returned to his royal duties, hosting a conference and dinner for military colonels at Buckingham Palace. He himself is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.
That's just a warmp-up act for Saturday's annual Trooping the Colour, the royal extravaganza that marks the Queen's official birthday (though not her real one, which is April 21). Full of pomp and horses, it features a procession with the Queen from the Horse Guards Parade to the Palace, complete with an appearance on the balcony.
Prince Philip, as usual, will be nearby.
"The fact he's attending engagements is an indication he is back to himself and able to carry out engagements," said a Palace spokeswoman.
It's been a rough few weeks for the Duke. He missed out on the last few days of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, skipped a not-so-initimate garden party for 3,500 at Sandringham, and then a two-day visit to the Midlands.
The Queen, stiff upper lip and all that, carried on with the engagements, though she clearly missed having him around. Prince Andrew helped out at Sandringham in his father's absence, and Prince William and Kate accompanied the Queen at Nottingham.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, right, ride in an open horse drawn carriage as they return to Buckingham Palace from the Horse Guards Parade after the Trooping the Colour ceremony in 2011. Below, the Queen rides out from Buckingham Palace to take the salute at the Trooping the Colour in 1960. Behind her is Prince Philp.
CASHING IN ON KATE COAT
A few months ago, the clothes designer stood by and just smiled as the Duchess of Cambridge wore one of their creations, a blue tweed coat, to an event at a department store with the Queen and Camilla.
The coat, from the 2010 collection, was purchased at a discount store and no longer for sale.
They let that opportunity pass, but when Kate showed up a few days ago in Nottingham with the same coat (right photo), M Missoni jumped into action. According to Grazia magazine, it is planning to re-launch the coat in July at several stores in London.
The price is 670 pounds, or about $1,100 Canadian. The Copy-Kates are drooling.
Kate, Camilla and Queen Elizabeth await a plaque unveiling in March, as London Mayor Boris Johnson (between Camilla and the Queen) looks on outside the Fortnum & Mason. (AFP/Getty Images)