As we reported this morning an emergency meeting was called at Buckingham Palace this morning, sending the world into a speculation frenzy.
It’s now been confirmed Prince Philip, is set to retire from royal duties in the autumn, Buckingham Palace says.
A spokesman has said the decision was made by Prince Philip and supported by The Queen.
The Prince who turns 96 this year carried out 110 engagements last year, making him the fifth busiest member of the Royal family. He will continue to attend events already arranged until August, however, moving forward will not accept invitations to anything new.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The duke has the full support of The Queen.”
“Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the Queen. 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.”
“The Duke of Edinburgh is patron, president or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.”
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 4, 2017
Theresa May said: “On behalf of the whole country, I want to offer our deepest gratitude and good wishes to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh following today’s announcement that he will stand down from public duties in the autumn.
“From his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen to his inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Awards and his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes, his contribution to our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world will be of huge benefit to us all for years to come.”
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) May 4, 2017