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Today, the Duke of Edinburgh will be remembered during a lavish service at Westminster Abbey, following his death at the age of 99 last year. Due to restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, only those closest to Philip, including his grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, and his wife the Queen, were able to attend. But in what should be a moving ceremony to remember his life, more than 700 people will take part in Prince Philip’s celebration.

Despite reports regarding her health, the Queen, 95, will also attend the service, along with Prince Andrew.

While the world mourned Philip and his contribution to public life, his health had been a mainstay in the media for years, and he himself spoke regularly about aging in previous decades.

It was featured in the 2004 book he wrote called 30 Years On and Off the Box Seat, in which he talked about his passion for horses and carriage driving.

He wrote: “I am getting older, my reactions slow and my memory is unreliable, but I have never lost the pure pleasure of driving a team through the British countryside.

Prince Philip admitted ‘memory was unreliable’ during brutal 2004 health check (Image: GETTY)

Prince Philip's grandson Prince William and his family attend the service

Prince Philip’s grandson Prince William and his family attend the service (Image: GETTY)

“I was lucky to have had longer runs than most, and I have no intention of giving up as long as I have a team of willing ponies and dedicated staff and as long as I can still face the challenges that horse-drawn carriage riding presents me.

“What happens next is anyone’s guess.”

Philip first became interested in hitching in his 50s when an injury forced him to stop playing polo.

Other interests that have intrigued Philip throughout his life include the environment, a passion shared with his eldest son, Prince Charles.

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Other members of the royal family, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during the ceremony

Other members of the royal family, such as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie during the ceremony (Image: GETTY)

In 2020, Charles argued over climate change on BBC Radio 4, saying the issue was “too important to be left to farmers”, a quip which infuriated many in the industry.

He claimed that some farmers are “abusing antibiotics, overuse of growth hormones in beef production”, something that will leave nature “ending in tears if it has gone too far”.

He argued that these “conventional techniques” were seriously damaging to the climate and would end up seeing nature ruined if they continued.

Charles’ grim prediction that ‘there would be no tomorrow’ if the practices were not stopped, concluded with the demand that ‘the polluter pay’ for environmental damage.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the ceremony

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the ceremony (Image: GETTY)

It was a view shared by Philip, who for most of his long reign alongside the Queen expressed his opposition to the methods employed by farmers.

Writing in The Wicked Wit of Prince Philip in 2017, royal author Karen Dolby revealed how Philip told a farming magazine that the industry should not be left to farmers alone.

His criticism of the techniques was also present during a Shooting Times interview, when Philip said farmers were “constantly trying to produce cattle, which will produce more milk and less cow”, before comparing their wishes to “a hat rack, with an udder attached”. .

In 2009 Philip said: ‘They can’t really go on doing such a parody of an animal, there has to be a limit to that.

Keir Starmer attends Prince Philip's ceremony

Keir Starmer attends Prince Philip’s ceremony (Image: GETTY)

“Even more ridiculous is the fact that milk is actually cheaper than bottled water. Seems pretty weird to me.

He also argued during the ITV documentary ‘The Duke: A Portrait of Prince Philip’ that there was ‘no absolute certainty that modern farming is as useful as it seems’, adding: “You have to emotionally engage with it – but if you step back and be open-minded about it, it’s pretty hard to really find where it’s been of real benefit.”

Although Charles and Philip were outspoken in their opinions, farming is central to the lives of the Royal Family, with the Prince of Wales’ son, Prince William, being an avid farmer.

He described his family’s “passion” for industry and how his son George is “obsessed” with tractors and farming.

And he spoke of that fascination last year when he appeared in Prince Charles: 50 Years a Prince, which saw William detail his excitement at one day inheriting the Duchy of Cornwall from his father.