Britain's Prince Philip celebrated his 87th birthday

Britain's Prince Philip celebrated his 87th birthday yesterday (10.06.08) with a day full of official engagements.

The royal decided not to have a party to mark the occasion and instead went about his normal duties.

He presented the Prince Philip Medal for engineering and attended a lunch at London's Ritz Hotel before helping his wife, Queen Elizabeth, hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for education ministers from Africa and Asia.

A source said: "He doesn't like to make a fuss about his birthday. It's an ordinary working day for him."

However, a 41-gun salute was fired in London's Hyde Park by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery in honour of the occasion and an hour later 62 rounds of ammunition were fired near the Tower of London by the Honorary Artillery Company.

The prince showed no signs of the ill health which has been affecting him recently. In April, he was hospitalised and treated for a chest infection but was later released.

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