Britain’s Prince Philip to retire

Prince Philip on 3 May

The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The decision was made by Prince Philip himself and is supported by the Queen, a palace spokesman said.

The duke, who turns 96 next month, will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August but will not accept new invitations.

The Queen “will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements”, the palace said.

The duke carried out 110 days of engagements in 2016, making him the fifth busiest member of the royal family, according to Court Circular listings.

He is patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations and will continue to be associated with them, but “will no longer play an active role by attending engagements”, Buckingham Palace said.

In the statement, the spokesman said the duke “may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time”.

The Queen and Duke of EdinburghThe Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary later this year

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the duke “clearly feels he now wishes to curtail” his “familiar role” in support of the Queen.

He added: “The Queen is going to continue, of that there is no doubt. She will continue, albeit with a somewhat lightened workload.”

The duke attended Lord’s Cricket Ground to open a new stand on Wednesday and was heard joking at the event that he is the “world’s most experienced plaque unveiler”.

He is famed for off-the-cuff remarks he has made at royal engagements around the world over the years.

The duke and the Queen celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November, while his birthday is on 10 June.

On Thursday, he and the Queen are due at a service for members of the Order of Merit at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace before hosting a lunch for those attending. (BBC)

12 Responses to Britain’s Prince Philip to retire

  1. David Straker
    David Straker May 4, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Did he ever start

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  2. Rosemary Alleyne
    Rosemary Alleyne May 4, 2017 at 6:44 am

    So??????????????

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  3. Peter May 4, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I’m sure he’ll still attend the weekly Rotary Luncheons at the Buckingham Club.

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  4. Christopher Macauley
    Christopher Macauley May 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Retire from whaaaaa. He ain’t ever work. He just too old to go on vacations now

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  5. Mark Kristian
    Mark Kristian May 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Reading the history of people first would be a good start before commenting ( lol )

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  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba May 4, 2017 at 8:09 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA EVER WUK AH DAY IN THE LIVES……THEY ANCESTORS MADE THE WAY FOR THEM WID THE SLAVE SHIPS THEY OWNED..PLUNDERING THE AFRICAN COAST HEHEHEHEHEHE

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  7. Mudiwa Cisse
    Mudiwa Cisse May 4, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Lol @ retiring. .This slave beneficiary hasn’t work a day in his wicked pathetic life…Hell is awaiting this devil

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    • jennifer May 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      @MADIWA – could’t have said it better myself. Share serpentine possee. And all of them proud too, with their work. Hahahahahaha if they only knew.

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      • jennifer May 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        On second taught they know. They have all the records, well hidden.

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  8. Javier Maynard
    Javier Maynard May 4, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Retire from what?????????? These people created a Hierarchy Scheme, called themselves Kings and Queens of some Royal crap, got rich off the people, became ceremonial, make millions for doing nothing and theres a retirement date ?

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  9. Rudy Griffith
    Rudy Griffith May 4, 2017 at 8:35 am

    !
    What is he retiring from ?
    Colonial pimping?

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  10. Peggy Stoute Morin
    Peggy Stoute Morin May 4, 2017 at 8:40 am

    What duties??

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