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Business as usual: Duke of Edinburgh to work on his 90th birthday

13 APRIL 2011

Intimate celebration of a royal life marks Prince Philip's 90th

The man who always walks two steps behind the Queen has already made it clear he doesn't want a fuss when it comes to the matter of his 90th birthday.

And true to form, the Duke of Edinburgh has opted not to take the day off – instead it will be "business as usual" when his landmark celebration comes around.

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Prince Phillip will carry out two official engagements at the palace on June 10, which will go on until the evening.

The official celebration of his birthday will instead take place on June 12, when the Queen and other senior royal family will attend a service at St George's Cathedral followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.

A spokesman said: "The Duke always treats his birthday as a normal working day when it falls on a weekday, and he didn't feel there was any need to make an exception on this occasion.

"It will be very much business as usual and he is looking forward to fulfilling his commitments."

On the afternoon of his birthday Philip is due to host a reception to mark the centenary of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, of which he is patron.

Then in the evening he'll chair the Senior Colonel's conference and host a dinner in his capacity as Senior Colonel, Household Division.

He may not want a big fanfare, but the Duke will be in the spotlight on his birthday.

The British Monarchy website has set up a special page dedicated to his 90th year, where readers can leave birthday greetings and read 90 facts about the royal with have been compiled to mark the occasion.

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