Prince Philip Set To Retire From Royal Duties

Prince Philip Set To Retire From Royal Duties

Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from public life starting in the fall.

The prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, and who has been by his wife's side throughout her 65 years on the throne, had decided he would cease public duties from autumn, the palace said in a statement.

"Thereafter, the Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time", it continued.

Officials said the Queen, who turned 91 last month, will keep carrying out royal engagements with the support of the royal family.

Thursday's announcement came hours after news of an emergency all-staff meeting at Buckingham Palace leaked, prompting a flurry of unfounded speculation that one of the royal family's most senior members had died.

Prince Philip, the loyal husband of Queen Elizabeth for nearly 70 years, has announced that he will be retiring from his royal duties. The couple have four children, of which the eldest, 68-year-old Prince Charles is heir to the throne.

He said: "Nobody deserves retirement more than Prince Philip".

They married in 1947 and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on November 20.

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Following the announcement, British Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to the prince.

His 219 engagements a year ago were made up of 101 official visits, 91 receptions and 21 other engagements. Queen Elizabeth II will continue to fulfill all of her engagements as Queen. According to royal biographer Marcia Moody, who spoke with Harper's Bazaar, the public is likely to see more of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge specifically, as well as Prince Harry.

Prince Philip is patron of 780 organisations and although he will remain committed to them all, the royals say he will no longer "play an active role by attending engagements".

They were all carried out in Britain as Queen Elizabeth and her husband have cut down their overseas travel.

But he has been reducing his workload in recent years, and said in 2011 that "I reckon I've done my bit, so I want to enjoy myself a bit now".

Prince Philip may have made a decision to step down from his public role as he approaches his 96th birthday, but he apparently has no intention to retire his famous one-liners.

"I'm a great fan of his and I think everybody appreciates what a wonderful consort he is and it'll continue in that way".

Diane Cole, 76, a retired Briton living in Melbourne, Australia, said: "The thing I like the most is when he. speaks his mind".

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