Duke of Edinburgh 'well' despite eye colouring

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Media captionPrince Philip is colonel-in-chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment

Buckingham Palace has played down fears about the Duke of Edinburgh's health after he was pictured with purplish skin round his eye in Canada.

It is understood that Prince Philip, 91, did not fall and simply woke up with the discoloration a few days ago.

The duke earlier presented a new ceremonial flag to 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, in Toronto. He is the regiment's colonel-in-chief.

He arrived in Canada on Friday and will return to the UK on Sunday.

Image caption Prince Philip hailed the regiment's "enviable reputation for peacekeeping"

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the military ceremony which featured parachutists and rappel teams racing down the side of a building.

He told troops that "in a world where there is so much senseless violence, the regiment has an enviable reputation for peacekeeping".

It is the prince's first major foreign visit since 2011 when he accompanied the Queen on a tour of Australia. This time he has not been joined by the monarch on what the palace has described as a private engagement.

His most recent overseas trip was to visit British troops in Germany last May.

Philip, 91, has been admitted to hospital three times in the past 18 months after suffering health scares.

Following his arrival from London - on an aircraft provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force - the duke was presented with the insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of the Order of Military Merit by the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston.

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