After some concern that Prince Philip would not be able to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding on Saturday, Buckingham Palace confirmed on Friday that the 96-year-old will be in attendance at the event after all.
On April 4, Prince Philip had hip replacement surgery and has been recovering at home at Windsor Castle, waiting until the days before the wedding to decide if he would be well enough to attend. Fortunately, the wedding will be held at St. George's Chapel, which is on the very same grounds where Prince Philip has been resting, so he won't have to travel far to join the festivities. Earlier this month, a palace spokesperson said that the bride and groom "very much hope" to have Philip in attendance.
It appears that Prince Philip has been in good spirits for several days. On May 11, he was spotted driving a Land Rover on the grounds of the royal estate to the Windsor Horse Show. The sighting was a welcomed one for a royal family member who has had to miss several significant events because of his health. Recently, he missed the Easter Sunday service that came right after the hip surgery, and he was also unable to travel with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, to meet newborn great-grandson Prince Louis two weeks ago.
Philip will turn 97 on June 10 and recently celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with the queen. The prince worked for the Commonwealth, making public appearances and traveling well into his 90s, retiring only in the summer of 2017 with the full support of the queen. Since that time, the queen often makes public appearances without her husband, and Philip has mostly stayed away from public life.