Prince Philip Abruptly Cancels Pre-Easter Church Service With The Queen Prompting Health Fears

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Prince Philip has canceled his appearance at the traditional Maundy church service that he was scheduled to attend with Queen Elizabeth on Thursday. People Magazine Reports.

The 96-year-old royal had been listed in the Order of Service as attending but had to pull out at the last minute.

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A palace spokesman says: “The Order of Service was printed some weeks ago when it was hoped the Duke would be able to take part. HRH has since decided not to attend.”

Philip intended to go to the Maundy service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, but made the decision not to attend because he has been experiencing some “trouble with his hip,” adds a royal source.

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It’s unknown if the hip trouble is the same condition that kept him from attending Prince Andrew’s appointment as the new Colonel of the Grenadier Guards on March 22. Prince Philip was expected to formally hand over his role to his son. (Andrew took over the appointment from his father in December 2017. Philip had been Colonel of the Grenadier Guards since 1975.)

Prince Philip retired from his official public duties in August 2017 after 70 years of service but announced that he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: Queen Elizabeth II distributes the traditional Maundy money during the Royal Maundy service at St George’s Chapel on March 29, 2018, in Windsor, England. The Queen distributes the Maundy money to 92 men and 92 women, as she will be 92 this year, with each recipient receiving two purses, one red and one white. (Photo by Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images) – PEOPLE

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