Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are on their vacation now, but in different places. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. Getty Images/Jonathan Brady/Pool/AFP

Queen Elizabeth II’s vacation in Balmoral estate has begun, but this year she isn’t with Prince Philip.

According to Express, the Queen won’t stay in her castle. Instead, she will be spending time at Craigowan Lodge until the end of this month. This is because Balmoral Castle is still open for tourists at the moment.

Prince Philip didn’t join the Queen when she traveled to the Craigowan Lodge this week. It is unclear where the 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh is. But according to People, the dad of four is also expected to have a busy summer ahead.

Just recently, he became a grandfather to the child of Thomas and Alexandra Hooper, who is the great-granddaughter of Philip’s uncle, the late Lord Mountbatten. Prince Philip attends the baby’s christening at Romsey Abbey in Romsey, Hampshire while his wife was in London to meet President Donald Trump.

On top of his, Prince Philip also flew a helicopter, which he paid for using his own money, to go to Romsey from Sandringham. However, Prince Philip was unable to attend the christening of Prince Louis on July 9 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Chapel.

A palace source told the publication that the Queen and Prince Philip mutually agreed to skip Prince Louis’ christening some time ago. Prince Philip was last seen in public at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding on May 19. At that time, he arrived at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle with Her Majesty.

Royal fans thought that Prince Philip wouldn’t be able to attend the royal wedding of his grandson because he just underwent hip surgery weeks earlier. The prince stayed at the hospital for a few days before was transferred to his home in Windsor.

“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital at midday today, following a hip replacement operation last week. The Duke will continue his recovery at Windsor,” the statement from the palace read.