Prince Philip Makes Rare Appearance and Attends Church with the Queen in Scotland

He's been keeping a very low profile.

Since Prince Philip, 97, officially retired from his royal duties last year, he's been keeping a very low profile. However, this weekend Prince Phillip made a rare appearance (opens in new tab) with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, on their way to church in Scotland.

The husband and wife (opens in new tab) rode together in a Bentley while heading to Craithie Kirk church situated on the estate of the royal family's Balmoral Castle, which is located about nine hours from London. The Queen lives here during the year when she wants to vacation and escape the tourists while the Palace is open to the public. Aside from going to church, Philip also reportedly spent time at the estate fishing (opens in new tab) and relaxing.

Lately, Prince Philip has been focusing on his health. In April, he was forced to cancel several planned appearances to have an extensive hip surgery (opens in new tab). He missed this year's Easter service (opens in new tab) with the entire royal family because of it, and hasn't been out and about much since. He didn't even attend his great-grandson Prince Louis' christening (opens in new tab).

It's reported Prince Philip may also skip his granddaughter Princess Eugenie's wedding (opens in new tab) in October because "he does what he wants." He did make it to his grandson Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) in May, only a month after his hip surgery, though a final decision has yet to be made whether or not the Duke of Edinburgh will attend Eugenie's wedding to longtime boyfriend (opens in new tab), Jack Brooksbank.

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