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Philip spends birthday working hard while Danes mark Henrik's special day

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There was no slacking on Wednesday for Prince Philip - pictured earlier in the week at the Epsom Derby - even if it was his 88th birthday. The sprightly royal fulfilled no less than five official duties on the day
 Photo: © PA

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In Copenhagen Denmark's Prince Henrik celebrated his 75th a day early with a birthday lunch aboard the royal yacht Dannebrog with Queen Margarethe and their family – including dachshund Vega
 Photo: © Rex

11 JUNE 2009

There's just no stopping the Duke of Edinburgh. Not even his 88th birthday on Wednesday was reason for the Queen's husband to put his feet up; instead he undertook an impressive five public engagements.

Philip was so busy he even managed to miss a band playing Happy Birthday during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

The Prince kicked off the day with a presentation to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers before heading to a reception for winners of the gold standard of the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. After lunch he was at an event to promote the British tourist industry before putting in an appearance at another awards ceremony and a reception for the British Boat Service Association.

Despite his advancing years, the Queen's spouse - who last year became the longest-serving consort in British history - remains sprightly and in good health. He made a full recovery from a recent back problem and was recently seen nimbly vaulting a fence at the Windsor Horse Show.

Perhaps contributing to youthful approach is the strong work ethic he shares with the monarch. Last year he completed more than 350 official engagements.

Prince Philip wasn't the only European royal celebrating a birthday this week. Denmark's Prince Henrik, who turns 75 on Thursday, marked his milestone a day early with his wife Queen Margrethe and their family in Copenhagen.

The Danish royals, including Henrik's sons Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim along with their wives Crown Princess Mary and Princess Marie, boarded the royal yacht Dannebrog for a spot of lunch. Also accompanying them was Henrik's pet dachshund Vega.

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