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62 gun salute marks 93rd birthday of Prince Philip

A 62 gun salute has been fired on Tower Hill in London to mark the occasion of the Duke of Edinburgh's 93rd birthday.

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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.


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."

Prince Philip laughs off swearing Grenadier Guard

The Duke of Edinburgh was given a real taste of Army life with some colourful barrack-room language as he visited the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards at Aldershot.

Normally, soldiers are on their best behaviour for a royal visit, but one player in a football match could not contain himself from complaining in no uncertain terms how tired he was after being substituted in a game between corporals and guardsmen.

Doubled up in pain and exhaustion on the touchline, the soldier appeared unaware Prince Philip was standing only five yards away as he went through a lexicon of swear words to describe his agony.

"Are you all right? asked the Duke, who was talking to a group of sergeants on the touchline. "No, I'm f*****," said the soldier, still bent double with his head down.

Philip, 92, no stranger to the odd swear word after a career in the Royal Navy, laughed and then continued to chuckle away to himself as the substituted player finally looked up and walked off looking slightly sheepish.

The Queen and Philip visit armed forces charity

The Queen officially opened the new headquarters of the armed forces charity SSAFA in London.

The Queen Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

After meeting various charity beneficiaries, volunteers and staff, she was given a posy by six-year-old Harley Inns, whose brother, Rifleman Martin Kinggett, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

The Queen is presented with a posy. Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Queen was greeted by her cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, who is the charity's president.

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The Queen and Prince Michael of Kent Credit: Paul Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
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