Prince Philip health fears: Duke's age concerns royals amid Queen's milestone reign

PRINCES PHILIP's health has caused concern following royal expert analysis on Queen Elizabeth II's reign as the monarch is currently the fifth-longest standing in the world.

Prince Philip, 98, spends most of his retirement in Norfolk on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The Duke of Edinburgh stepped back from royal duties a couple of years ago but royal experts fear he won’t be around for the entirety of Queen Elizabeth’s II’s reign. Her Majesty recently became the fifth-longest reigning Monarch in the world.

Speaking on the ROYALS podcast, royal expert Angela Mollard said: “She has now taken out fifth place so she recently usurped the 19th-century emperor of Austria Franz Joseph.

“He has the stint for being on the throne for 67 years and 356 days and she has now gone past that but she’s still only number five.

“She’s got to get to 72 years and 110 days to eclipse Louis XV of France who reigned from 1643 to 1715 which is a jolly long time.

“She’s got to do another five years.

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Prince Phillip's health has caused concern (Image: PA)

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Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten announcing their engagement at Buckingham Palace in 1947 (Image: PA)

“Let’s hope. Fingers crossed. She’s 94 this year, wouldn’t you just love her to get to be 100?

“I would love to be the longest-reigning monarch of all time.

“I think she deserves it. What’s she’s been through, what she still has to manage.”

She continued: “I think there should definitely be celebrations.

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Queen and Prince Philip pictured with Pope John XXIII in the Vatican City, Rome during the Royal tour of Italy (Image: GETTY)

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Queen and Prince Philip, with their two children, Charles, Prince of Wales and Princess Anne (Image: AFP)

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Queen and Prince Phillip on their honeymoon (Image: GETTY)

“I imagine she will just have a quiet night in with the corgis.

“It will be interesting to see if Prince Philip is there.

“It’s pushing it a bit to think he will still be here.

“It’s five years, who knows?”

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A young Prince Philip takes a turn at bowling whilst off duty at the Petty Officers' Training Centre in 1947 (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Philip bursts out in laughter during a conversation with WWII veterans in 1994 (Image: AFP)

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Prince Phillip with A list stars Cameron Diaz and Gwyneth Paltrow when he hosted a drinks reception to officially launch Mayfair's 'The Arts Club' (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Phillip, 98, spends most of his retirement in Norfolk (Image: GETTY )

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Prince Philip, 98, spends most of his retirement in Norfolk on the Queen’s Sandringham estate (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Phillip stepped back from royal duties (Image: GETTY )

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It is also feared Prince Philip won’t attend Princess Beatrice’s wedding on May 29, 2020.

He rarely attends royal occasions but in recent years made a special effort for royal weddings.

The last royal event Prince Philip made it to was Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding at St George’s Chapel last May.

Princess Beatrice, 31, will tie the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace on May 29 and many expect her grandfather Prince Philip to be there.

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