It’s official, the Duke of Edinburgh has attended his first public engagement since January.
Prince Philip—who is about to celebrate his 98th birthday next month—accompanied Her Majesty the Queen on Tuesday May 7, at an event at Windsor Castle. Held every two years, the Order of Merit service honors those who have made great achievements in the fields of the arts, learning, literature and science.
The Order (founded in 1902 by Edward VII) includes members that are personally chosen by the monarch herself. Previous members of the Order have included Florence Nightingale, Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela to name a few.
Not only did the Duke attend the service alongside the queen, he also spoke at the lunch honoring this year’s attendees, which included Sir David Attenborough, Baroness Boothroyd and Dame Ann Dowling.