Tuesday morning saw senior members of the royal family heading to their traditional Christmas service at the St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham in eastern England. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were all in attendance.
As reported by Reuters, Prince Philip, the Queen's husband, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were both absent from the usual Christmas celebration.
While this may have sparked concerns for the Duke of Edinburgh's health, the palace has released a statement about his noticeable absence from the church service.
"The duke is in perfectly good health, he is just spending the day privately," the royal source said.
The 97-year-old duke has been keeping a relatively low profile since he retired from official royal duty in 2017 and has rarely been seen out in public in the past year. Other events at which he failed to appear include the Trooping the Colour ceremony in June, the Queen's public birthday celebration on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and the RAF centenary flyover in July.
Earlier this year, Philip underwent successful hip replacement surgery after saying at the time of his retirement that he was struggling to stand up as much as he had been required to when attending to his royal duties.