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Prince Philip lost his patience during slow-moving 90th birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth

Elizabeth Roberts

Published 13/06/2016 | 11:02

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are driven along the Mall during the Patron's Lunch, a special street party outside Buckingham Palace in London on June 12, 2016, as part of the three day celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's official 90th birthday
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smile during the Patron's Lunch, as hundreds of guests from organisations with which the queen has links gather for a special street party outside Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday on The Mall

It was his wife’s big day – but the Duke of Edinburgh appeared to want things over with quickly so he could get home out of the rain.

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In his trademark impatient fashion, the Duke got fed up with the slow crawl of the official car carrying him and the Queen to a party on the Mall marking her 90th birthday.

The Duke tapped on the roof to get the attention of the driver as he stood at the back of the open-top "Queenmobile," then gestured with his hand to tell the driver to hurry up.

His wife briefly glanced over at her husband's antics before continuing to smile serenely and wave to the crowds who sang “Happy Birthday."

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are driven along the Mall during the Patron's Lunch, a special street party outside Buckingham Palace in London on June 12, 2016, as part of the three day celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's official 90th birthday
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are driven along the Mall during the Patron's Lunch, a special street party outside Buckingham Palace in London on June 12, 2016, as part of the three day celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's official 90th birthday

After she raised eyebrows with her neon green outfit for Trooping the Colour, Her Majesty opted for a fuchsia pink coat by one of her favourite designers, Karl Ludwig, and a matching hat by Angela Kelly for the Patron’s Lunch.

The Duke, who marked his 95th birthday on Friday, got ill after spending the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the cold and rain on a barge in 2012. The Duke ended up in hospital with a bladder infection and missed the rest of the celebrations.

He sensibly wore a beige raincoat for today’s occasion, which took place during heavy, thundery showers.

With umbrellas banned at on site, thousands of plastic macs were handed out to guests at the picnic lunch celebrating the Queen's patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to guests attending "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday on The Mall

However, the miserable weather had started to lift by the time the Queen and the Duke arrived. When the moment came for them to get back in the car to head to Buckingham Palace – followed in a similar open-topped vehicle by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – the sun began to come out.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smile during the Patron's Lunch, as hundreds of guests from organisations with which the queen has links gather for a special street party outside Buckingham Palace
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh smile during the Patron's Lunch, as hundreds of guests from organisations with which the queen has links gather for a special street party outside Buckingham Palace

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