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."
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."