London (AFP) - Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, appeared at a Buckingham Palace reception wearing hearing aids for the first time on Tuesday.
The discreet devices were visible due to a thin wire by each ear.
Dressed in a suit, the 93-year-old accompanied the queen at the reception for recipients of military honours the Victoria Cross and George Cross.
British newspapers had fun with the story, with The Sun choosing the headline "Royalâ¦ Pardon?" and the Mirror "Hear to the throne".
Others pointed out that it was hardly surprising the nonagenarian's hearing had deteriorated and that it was no cause for shame.
"There is no need to be embarrassed about hearing loss," Gemma Twitchen, a senior audiologist at charity Action on Hearing Loss.