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Royal Roundup: Diamond Jubilee Weekend – the Aftermath
Life appears to be returning to normal in Britain after last week’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Prince Philip left the hospital on Saturday, arriving back at home in time to celebrate his 91st birthday with his family.
After being treated for a bladder infection that many believe was exacerbated by the strain of the wet and rainy Thames pageant, Philip spent five days at King Edward VII Hospital in London.
The Press Association quoted a Buckingham Palace spokesman as saying that the celebrations of the Prince’s birthday on Sunday would be private. The spokesman also offered the following about Philip’s progress: “The Duke of Edinburgh continues to make a good recovery and he will continue his convalescence at home.”
The Prince himself put his condition more succinctly as he left the hospital. When a reporter asked him if he was feeling better, he answered: “Well, I wouldn’t be coming out if I wasn’t.”
In other post-Jubilee news:
• While the Duke of Edinburgh was in the hospital, he received visits from the Queen, and from other royal family members, including grandsons William and Harry.
But this week, the comments about Prince Philip that drew the most attention came from his granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, the first member of the royal family to give an interview about the Jubilee weekend.
“To see Granny and Grandpa standing for four hours, I mean, together, they are invincible,” Eugenie said in a television interview. “They are the most incredibly supportive couple to each other.”
Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter added that it must have been extraordinarily difficult for the Queen to carry on during Jubilee events without her husband.
“For Granny to come and do that alone was probably quite testing, and I think he is her rock, really, and she is his.”
The 22-year-old’s comments to Sky News came on the eve of a London charity bike ride.
•Earlier this week, the Queen released a recorded message of thanks for everyone who helped to organize the Jubilee. She called the weekend’s celebrations a “humbling experience” and said she hopes “that memories all this year’s happy events will brighten our lives for many years to come.”
• President Obama also sent a video message to the Queen, whom he called a “tireless leader.”
“While many presidents have come and gone, your majesty’s reign has endured,” he said in the video, released last Tuesday. “That makes your majesty both a living witness to the power of our alliance and a chief source of its resilience.”
• The Queen also met with Commonwealth leaders this week. The meeting was attended by government heads and representatives of the 54 countries in the Commonwealth.
• After retracing their post-wedding route at the Jubilee last week, Will and Kate attended another wedding this weekend. The bride was William and Harry’s cousin, Emily McCorquodale, the daughter of Princess Diana’s sister Sarah. The Express, calling Kate the “Duchess of Déjà Vu,” wrote that she “took a leaf out of the Queen’s book by recycling old clothes instead of buying a new outfit.” The paper said she wore the same Katherine Hooker coat she wore last June at the Order of the Garter ceremony over a Jenny Packham dress she donned at a polo match in Santa Barbara last July. Even her hat, said the Express, was familiar from last year’s Epsom Derby.
• Finally, some pieces of video we liked from Jubilee weekend. If you missed Tuesday’s Diamond Jubilee procession – or even if you didn’t – here’s a sped-up, two-minute version of it, courtesy of the Guardian:
And you might have seen the dramatic flypast over the Palace, but now you can take a look at it from a cockpit’s eye view: