Philip 'well' on Canada visit

The Duke of Edinburgh has been awarded one of Canada's highest honours, the Commander of the Order of Military Merit, during a three-day visit to the country. A spokesman has said Prince Philip is "well" despite heavy bruising his eye in recent days.

Duke of Edinburgh 'well' despite bruising right eye

The Duke continued with his duties in Canada despite the bruising. Credit: REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

Buckingham Palace has played down fears about the Duke of Edinburgh's health after he was pictured with a badly bruised eye during his visit to Canada.

The 91-year-old is understood to have woken up with the bruising under his right eye a few days ago. A palace spokeswoman said the Duke was "well".

Duke of Edinburgh greets troops in Canada

The Duke of Edinburgh chats to troops
The Duke of Edinburgh chats to troops

The Duke of Edinburgh has started his official duties in Toronto, Canada by meeting members of the Royal Canadian Regiment.

2013 is the 60th anniversary of his role as the regiment's colonel-in-chief.

Is greeted on this start of his royal visit
Is greeted on this start of his royal visit by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (left) and Lieutenant-Governor David Onley (seated)

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The Duke of Edinburgh awarded top Canadian honour

The Duke of Edinburgh is in Canada to present a regiment with a new ceremonial flag.

Earlier, he visited Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and was awarded one of Canada's highest orders.

The Duke of Edinburgh receives the Order of Military Merit from Governor General of Canada, David Johnston in Toronto.
The Duke of Edinburgh receives the Order of Military Merit from Governor General of Canada, David Johnston in Toronto. Credit: REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

Prince Philip was given insignias of Companion of the Order of Canada and the Commander of the Order of Military Merit.

The Duke, 91, has served as the regiment's colonel-in-chief since 1953, an honorary title often bestowed on members of the Royal Family.

The Duke Edinburgh is on a three-day visit to Canada.
The Duke Edinburgh is on a three-day visit to Canada. Credit: REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

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Duke of Edinburgh arrives in Canada on three-day visit

The Duke of Edinburgh pictured during a speech at London Zoo in March.
The Duke of Edinburgh pictured during a speech at London Zoo in March. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The Duke of Edinburgh has arrived in Canada where he will present a regiment with a new ceremonial flag.

Today, Prince Philip will present new colours as colonel-in-chief to the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Toronto.

Philip, 91, will return to England on Sunday.