ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 18, 2014 in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
Prince Philip: The man behind the Queen
01:37 - Source: CNN
Windsor, UK CNN  — 

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has sent a message of thanks to those working across the UK to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the 98-year-old royal said: “As we approach World Immunization Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.”

“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected,” he added.

The Queen and Prince Philip are currently in residence at Windsor Castle. For the first time in 68 years, there will be no traditional royal gun salute to mark the Queen’s birthday on Tuesday, after the monarch canceled the celebration because she felt it would be inappropriate, a royal source told CNN over the weekend.

The Palace is expected to celebrate the Queen’s 94th birthday on April 21 on social media. All family-related affairs, including phone and video calls with family members, will remain private, according to the source.