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Duke of Edinburgh seen wearing hearing aids for first time

The Duke was at a reunion reception for the Victoria and George Cross Association Credit: PA

The Duke of Edinburgh was seen wearing hearing aids for the first time at a reception in Buckingham Palace today.

The hearing devices were visible only because of a thin wire next to each ear.

Philip accompanied the Queen at a reception to honour recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross and their families.

A thin wire can be seen in the Duke's ear. Credit: PA

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Queen and Prince Philip in attendance at Queen's Cup

Queen Elizabeth II presents Lydon Lea of the Zacara team with the Queen's Cup trophy. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Queen today attended the finals day of the Cartier Queen's Cup to present the match trophy, won by the Zacara team for the second year in a row.

Her Majesty arrived at the event accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II arrive for the Cartier Queen's Cup. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 93rd birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate his 93rd birthday today with a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The Duke of Edinburgh celebrates his 93rd birthday. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Around 8,000 invited guests will descend on the royal residence to take tea in the 40 acre gardens.

Prince Philip will be joined on the Palace terrace by the Queen, Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of York, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal and other members of the family for the National Anthem performed by a military band.

A 41-gun salute will be fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from London's Hyde Park at noon in celebration.

The Duke, who shows no signs of slowing down amid a packed programme of engagements, recently returned from France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Duke of Edinburgh in high spirits after minor procedure

Despite concerns following Prince Philip's procedure, he has continued with his arrangements today Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Royal officials have downplayed concerns about the Duke of Edinburgh's health after he had a 'minor procedure' performed on his right hand.

Prince Philip is currently wearing a bandage on his hand after the procedure Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sporting a bandage for protection, Prince Philip continued with his arrangements today - attending a garden party and opening a new health centre in central London.

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Prince Philip 'continuing engagements as planned'

The Duke of Edinburgh will continue his engagements as planned, after having a "minor procedure" carried out on his right hand, Buckingham Palace have said.

The Duke of Edinburgh had a minor procedure carried out on his right hand. Credit: Paul Grover/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He arrived at a garden party at the palace with the hand bandaged after having the procedure done yesterday morning at Buckingham Palace.

A spokeswoman said: "The Duke is wearing a bandage as protection. The Duke's engagements will continue as planned."

Pope Francis gives Queen a gift for Prince George

The Queen exchanged gifts with Pope Francis at the Vatican today, with the head of the Catholic Church giving Her Majesty an ornamental orb for her great-grandson, Prince George.

"He will be thrilled with that - when he is a little older!", the Queen joked.

The gifts presented to the Queen, including an ornamental orb for Prince George and a set of papal medals for the Duke of Edinburgh Credit: Vatican TV

Pope Francis also gave the Duke of Edinburgh a set of papal medals, prompting the Duke to joke that it was "the only gold medal I have ever won".

Prince Philip shows Pope Francis a bottle of whisky from the royal estate at Balmoral Credit: Vatican TV

The Queen gave the pontiff a selection of British produce from the royal estates, including a bottle of whiskey from Balmoral and honey from Buckingham Palace.

The Queen presents a selection of British produce to Pope Francis Credit: Vatican TV
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