Prince Philip stepping down from royal duties

The'highly unsual meeting at Buckingham Palace has sparked fevered talk about an imminent announcement concerning the Queen or her husband the Duke of Edinburgh
Royal staff called to London for 'emergency meeting

13 May, 2017

Prince Philip conducted 219 royal engagements past year, and was in good form when he opened a new stand at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Wednesday.

The title, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News UK, posted a story online with the headline: "Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc". "In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen", the palace said in a statement.

A life of service has had an impact of the prince, who's stepping down from public engagements.

Earlier this week, Prince Philip attended the opening of a new stand at London's famous Lord's Cricket Ground, where he jokingly described himself as "the world's most-experienced plaque-unveiler".

The Duke has made some much published gaffe's, often while making official royal visits overseas.

When Sir Michael, 88, said to him: "I'm sorry to hear you're standing down", the Duke replied: "Well I can't stand up much longer".

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their wedding day in 1947.

Despite suffering from heart disease and other ailments in recent years, he has maintained a vigorous public schedule.

But Buckingham Palace stressed he may decide to attend certain events from time to time, and added that he would continue to be associated with organisations he is patron or president of.

British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked Philip for his contribution to Britain and his "steadfast support" of Queen Elizabeth.

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.

Queen Elizabeth, who just turned 91-years-old last month, will continue to carry out Royal duties as before with growing assistance of the younger senior family members.

Staff were bussed in from Windsor Castle for the address from the Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel and the monarch's private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.

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