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Palace announces Prince Philip to retire from official Royal duties

Palace announces Prince Philip to retire from official Royal duties

Mass panic engulfed global media as word of "an emergency meeting" trickled out of Buckingham Palace in the wee hours of Thursday morning (local time), but fears were allayed by Prince Philip's announcement.

Prince Philip arrives at Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, London, for an Order of Merit service.

She has, however, lowered her work load in recent years as her children and grandchildren have moved to the fore.

Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes to the Queen's consort, saying he has given the monarch "steadfast support", while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the duke's "clear sense of public duty" had inspired people for more than 60 years. It is likely that the monarch will be accompanied by younger members of the royal family on future engagements. The statement indicated Philip will carry out previously scheduled engagements between now and August.

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Buckingham Palace had no comment on the Mail report but the source said such all-staff meetings did occur occasionally.

Observers said he was the glue that held the royal family together during a series of divorces by three of his four offspring. "Thereafter, The Duke will not accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time".

This morning it was finally confirmed after speculations what the "emergency" meeting called at Buckingham Palace was about that The Duke of Edinburgh is stepping down from public duties this autumn. She and Philip are due to celebrate her platinum or 70th wedding anniversary in November.

Philip has made earlier concessions to age, announcing when he turned 90 in 2011 he was "winding down" his official duties.

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In Australia, where the queen is recognised as head of state, officials praised Philip's perseverance.

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".

The queen is normally quite reserved about her private life but she has described her husband as "my strength and stay all these years".

"Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc", the headline from the Sun blared.

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Tourists outside Buckingham Palace also had kind words for Philip as he nears the end of his public life.


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