London (CNN)Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip will not attend the christening of their sixth great-grandchild Prince Louis on Monday, Kensington Palace has announced. The UK's Press Association said the decision is understood not to have been taken for health reasons and was mutually agreed by the Queen and Louis' parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, some time ago. After retiring from public life last September, Prince Philip, 97, has appeared on only a handful of occasions. In April he underwent planned hip surgery, but attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle just a few weeks later, walking unaided. Queen Elizabeth, 92, has also begun to scale back her duties because of her advancing age, handing over some of her responsibilities to her heir, Prince Charles. Late last month, she missed a service at St. Paul's Cathedral because she was feeling unwell, Buckingham Palace said. Read More Trump to meet Queen Elizabeth, US ambassador says The … [Read more...] about Queen and Prince Philip to miss Prince Louis’ christening
THE Queen and Prince Philip will today miss Louis' christening. Prince Louis' godparents were announced ahead of the event in the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, with close friends of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chosen for the roles. Those given the role of godparents include Nicholas van Cutsem, Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, Hannah Carter and Lucy Middleton. Also among the close-knit group of guests will be doting grandparents Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as uncle Prince Harry and new wife Meghan Markle. The Queen's absence from today's event comes after the 92-year-old was forced to pull out of a morning service at St Paul's Cathedral last month. The monarch pulled out of the event as she was "feeling under the weather". But the great-grandmother was soon able to recover to take up her normal schedule. It is believed she will not attend the event today as she will be travelling back from Norfolk. Prince Philip will also … [Read more...] about Queen and Prince Philip will NOT attend Prince Louis’ christening today as guests revealed
BABY Prince Louis is set to face the cameras once again for his second official public outing. The young prince, who is only three months old, will be christened at St James’ Palace in The chapel Royal later today. Will The Queen and Prince Philip attend Prince Louis' christening? Only senior royals have attended the christenings of the Duke and Duchess’ other two children, George and Charlotte. These include The Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince Harry and now Meghan Markle. With an audience of less than 30 people for both, it’s a coveted guestlist. With Prince Philip retiring from royal duties in 2017, public appearances by him are now rare. But he turned out for Prince Harry’s wedding in May, and it’s thought he will attend the christening on . The Queen is also scheduled to attend, but there are fears she could be ill. The 92-year-old, who still had a jam packed schedule, pulled out of an event last week. Her Majesty was due to … [Read more...] about Will The Queen and Prince Philip attend Prince Louis’ christening together and why is the date significant for them?
The Crown wasn’t fair in its portrayal of Prince Philip as the show “extrapolated rumour” and “presented it as fact”, the writer of Downton Abbey has said. Julian Fellowes praised The Crown creator Peter Morgan but admitted he was uncomfortable with "dramatising people who are still alive". “The Crown is a wonderful piece of work,” Fellowes told Vanity Fair. “It was beautifully acted, beautifully written. "For me, I’m not completely comfortable with dramatizing people who are still alive and still living their lives, because I think it’s possible to be unfair. "And in the second series, I didn’t think it was fair to Prince Philip, to the Duke of Edinburgh, based on very little.” In the second season, the Duke of Edinburgh - played by actor Matt Smith - is depicted as having a strained relationship with The Queen, and hints at him being unfaithful to his wife. He is also seen as being strict on Prince … [Read more...] about The Crown is unfair in its portrayal of Prince Philip, says Downton writer Julian Fellowes
Royal supporters last night hit back at Lady Colin Campbell after she made claims about the Queen’s first night as Prince Philip’s bride. Her new book was branded “tawdry” over supposed revelations by servants about the monarch’s love life. Lady Colin also came under fire for writing about 97-year-old Philip’s health. The former I’m a Celebrity star claims royal staff spilled intimate details of the Queen and her husband’s first night together at their retreat in Broadlands, Hampshire. She also alleges the monarch was left devastated after the late Princess Margaret spread rumours about Philip having affairs. The claims, in her book The Queen’s Marriage and which we have chosen not to reveal in full, sparked fury. Former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond said: “I don’t see any need to discuss the Queen’s love life and marriage. “It’s distasteful, unnecessary and tawdry.” Ex-royal butler … [Read more...] about Royal supporters slam claims about Queen’s first night as Prince Philip’s bride