PRINCE Philip today made his first official appearance since being injured in a car crash in January.

The 97-year-old, who has retired from public life, made the rare showing by the side of the Queen – as the pair yesterday becoming great-grandparents for the eighth time.

The Duke of Edinburgh appeared in good spirits by his wife's side at the luncheon for members of the Order of Merit.

It's the first time he's stepped out since the January car crash on the A419 at Babingley, Norfolk.

Prince Philip had to be pulled from the wrecked car, which had flipped over on to the driver’s door and the windscreen was smashed.

Barrister Roy Warne, 75, who was first at the scene, helped to free the “disorientated” royal from his motor.

He heard the Duke later admit to cops he had been “dazzled by the sun”.

But despite yelling "my leg" as he was pulled from the car, Prince Philip seemed in good health as he stood by the Queen's side today just a few months on.

And the Royal Family were today keen to celebrate the newest addition after Meghan Markle, 37, gave birth to a baby boy yesterday.

The former US actress gave birth to Baby Sussex, with Prince Harry, 34, gushing over his amazing son and wife.


The Queen today smiled as she was asked by Canada's former Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who jovially asked: "Life is good for Your Majesty?"

The smiling Queen then replied: "Yes, thank you".

Mr Chretien then gave her his best wishes, gushing: "Congratulations. Another great grandchild! How many of them have you got now?"

The Queen replied "eight".

Her Majesty is not the only one excited about the arrival of Baby Sussex, with Prince William and Kate Middleton also gushing over how excited they were at the latest addition to the Royal Family.

The 37-year-old welcomed his little brother to the "sleep deprivation society" as he arrived at a London event with wife Kate.

Meanwhile, grandfather Prince Charles is also keen to meet Baby Sussex, telling media as he arrived in Germany: "We couldn’t be more delighted at the news and we’re looking forward to meeting the baby when we return."

It comes after Meghan, 37, had her dreams of a home birth dashed as she was forced to make a secret hospital dash to give birth.

The couple had hoped to welcome their baby at Frogmore Cottage but Meghaninstead had to be driven to the exclusive Portland private hospital in central London by Harryand their Scotland Yard security team.

Sources said the operation to get Meghan – who was a week overdue – to the clinic was so secret that even senior royals weren’t told.

Within hours of the dawn birth, the couple were back at Frogmore where Harry, 34, gave an impromptu press conference to break the news to the world.

The beaming dad couldn't stop gushing as he announced Meghan had given birth to a "very healthy baby boy".


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Speaking from Windsor, Harry said: "It's been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.

"How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension. But we're both absolutely thrilled.

"We're both absolutely thrilled and so grateful for all the love and support from everybody out there, it's been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody."

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