Prince Philip has become a godfather again at the age of 97.
On Thursday he flew by helicopter to Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, to attend the christening of the child of Thomas and Alexandra Hooper, daughter of Earl Mountbatten – grandson of Philip’s uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten.
The christening on Friday, at which the Duke of Edinburgh was made a godparent, took place while the Queen was entertaining President Trump at Windsor Castle.
Philip was a godfather to the current Earl, Norton Knatchbull, in 1947. Prince Charles was best man at the Knatchbulls’ wedding in 1979, the year in which Louis Mountbatten was murdered by the Provisional IRA.
The current Earl’s 65-year-old wife Penny – formerly known as Lady Romsey and then Lady Brabourne – is a close confidante of Philip and the two have gone carriage-driving together.
Alexandra, 35, was given away by Prince Charles when she and husband Thomas married at the abbey in June 2016.
Philip flew to Romsey from Sandringham, where he has spent most of his time since retiring last year from his Royal duties.
He flew back to Sandringham yesterday, paying for the flights himself, rather than using a taxpayer-funded Royal helicopter.