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Older British royals outpace youngers in public duties

Associated Press logo Associated Press 28/12/2016
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends the official opening of the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. Figures released Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 show the prince made 110 public appearances this year, compared to the 80 royal engagements racked up by his grandson Prince William. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends the official opening of the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. Figures released Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 show the prince made 110 public appearances this year, compared to the 80 royal engagements racked up by his grandson Prince William. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

LONDON — Prince Philip has been saying since he turned 90 five years ago that he's cutting back on his public schedule to reflect his advancing years.

Perhaps Philip has slowed down some. But Queen Elizabeth II's husband certainly is no slouch. Figures released Wednesday show he made 110 public appearances this year, compared to the 80 royal engagements racked up by his grandson Prince William.

The figures compiled by Britain's Press Association from official court circulars published each day show that the royals who are over 60 seem to be working harder than the next generation.

The busiest was the queen's daughter, Princess Anne, who had engagements on 179 days. Prince Charles, heir to the throne, worked 139.

Of course, William has an excuse. He and his wife, Kate, are raising two young children.

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