Royal Family/Twitter Prince Philip
Prince Philip issued a rare, post-retirement statement on Friday to wish the educators of one of his patronages happy holidays.
Shared on the Royal Family's Twitter account, the Duke of Edinburgh thanked teachers and staff of the Chartered College of Teaching for their work this year amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
"I commend all teachers and school staff for your professional and resolute commitment throughout the past year to teaching our children and young people in the most challenging conditions," Philip's statement read.
"As Patron of the Chartered College of Teaching, I wish to thank you all for your selfless dedication and send you my best wishes for a well-deserved break over Christmas and the New Year," he concluded.
Philip and Queen Elizabeth celebrated 73 years of marriage last month, and the occasion was marked with well-wishes from their great-grandchildren Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2. The children of Prince William and Kate Middleton made them a handmade card.
Ahead of the U.K.'s harsher lockdown that was implemented in early November, Philip and the Queen returned to Windsor Castle together after spending a weekend together at Sandringham. They had previously parted ways in October when Philip stayed at Wood Farm on her estate in Norfolk while the Queen went to Windsor Castle.
Antony Jones/Getty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Windsor Castle is where the Queen and Philip spent the first lockdown in March, and where the Queen has carried out many of her royal duties via video conferencing and phone calls amid the ongoing pandemic. The couple stayed there until August before going to Balmoral Castle in Scotland and then Sandringham in September.
Since retiring from public life in 2017, Philip has mostly stayed at Sandringham while the Queen has continued her duties in London and Windsor.