The Duke of Edinburgh looked sprightly for his 97 years this morning as he joined the Queen to attend church in Balmoral, just two months after he underwent hip replacement surgery.
Looking sharp and smart in a grey suit with blue tie, Prince Philip made the rare public appearance as the royals headed to Crathie Kirk church in the Queen’s royal Bentley.
The Queen, 92, was also joined by family members including a smiling Zara and Mike Tindall, who welcomed their second daughter Lena on June 18, Camilla, and Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex and their 14-year-old daughter Lady Louise.
Her Majesty looked ever stylish in a cream ensemble with a matching hat by her favoured milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan. The monarch finished the look with a striking diamond brooch.
Elsewhere, the Duchess of Cornwall, who took the wheel herself to make the short journey to the historic church, looked in high spirits as she drove Prince Charles through the Scottish country roads during a downpour.
Her glossy blonde locks contrasting with a moss green beret, Camilla, 71, opted for a colour scheme that matched the verdant outdoors, with a green scarf and coordinating woollen jacket.
Charles and the Duchess have a home, Birkhall, on the Balmoral Estate and have been spending spending time with the monarch in recent weeks.
Sophie Wessex looked equally smart in a striking navy blazer, with her blonde hair pulled loosely away from her face to reveal a dazzling pair of gold starfish earrings.
And daughter Lady Louise, 14, looked composed as she sat in the back of the car behind her parents. It is unclear whether her younger brother Viscount Severn, ten, is also staying at Balmoral.
Prince Philip, who had a hip replaced in June, is reported to have been enjoying hunting and fishing during the annual summer stay at Balmoral, which he wasn’t initially expected to attend following surgery in June.
Alongside deer stalking, the Queen’s husband is reported to have been catching fish in the pretty River Dee, which runs through the estate.
The royals have been enjoying quality time together in the Queen’s favourite holiday residence, with picnics and barbecues in the grounds.
Last year the Queen departed for Balmoral in mid July and did not end her annual Highland summer holiday until the first week in October.
Her Majesty’s last official public engagements were on July 13 and 14, when she welcomed overseas visitors – most notably President Donald Trump – to Windsor Castle.
The Queen famously enjoys a more low-key existence while staying at the Scottish retreat – with her former royal protection officer Richard Griffin recently revealing that she had a conversation with unsuspecting American tourists visiting the estate while dressed in tweeds and a scarf.
Balmoral, which was bought by Prince Albert for £32,000 in 1852, is said to be the Queen’s favourite home.
SOURCE: DailyMail, by JO TWEEDY