Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, is to permanently stand down from royal duties in the autumn, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday. The palace said the queen would continue to carry out her full programme of engagements. Mia Womersley reports.
Britain's Prince Philip will be retiring from royal duties this autumn. The Queen's husband, who is 95 years old, will permanently stand down from public engagements. Buckingham Palace released a statement on Thursday (May 4) after a meeting of senior royal staff. Before the announcement, Twitter went into a frenzy - with all sorts of speculation as to what the news could be. Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to the Prince Philip for his contribution to Britain and beyond. She praised his "steadfast support" of Queen Elizabeth and the Prince's patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes. The Duke of Edinburgh is patron, president or a member of over 780 organisations. He will celebrate his 96th birthday in June and his and the Queen's 70th wedding anniversary in November. The couple have been cutting their workload in recent years... Passing on many responsibilities to their son and heir Prince Charles, and their grandsons, Princes William and Harry. The palace said the Queen, the world's longest reigning monarch, will continue to carry out her full programme of events.