Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, turned 95 on Friday and his thoughts on such a milestone have just been revealed thanks to a birthday letter he sent a royal fan. When he was informed about a woman who shares the same birthday as him, the Queen's husband issued a response flavoured with his wicked sense of humour.
In an official letter shared by Chris Deerin on Twitter, Prince Philip wrote: "I was interested to know that your mother shares the same birthday as I do. I have to say that the older I get, the less I appreciate birthdays."
But he added: "Please give your mother my best wishes."
The letter was shared on Twitter by the woman's grandson, who captioned the picture of the letter: "My Gran's 95th birthday. This from someone the same age…"
During the Patron's Lunch at the weekend, Her Majesty also made a joke about her continued celebrations. She told the crowds: "How I shall feel if you are still singing happy birthday to me in December remains to be seen."
My gran's 95th birthday. This from someone the same age... pic.twitter.com/6DJd5it0fH
— Chris Deerin (@chrisdeerin) 12 June 2016
The Queen also addressed some more serious issues during her impromptu speech. She added: "I hope these happy celebrations will remind us of the many benefits what come through when people come together for a common purpose, as families, friends or neighbours.
"And I pay tribute to the commitment, selfless devotion and generosity of spirit shown by the hundreds of charities and voluntary organisations represented here today. You are an example to us all."