Prince Philip, 95-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is to step down from public life, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Prince Philip is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated. He carried out royal duties on 110 days last year – more than his grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry.
“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,” the Buckingham Palace statement said.
“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 Queen and Prince Philip are due to celebrate 70 years of marriage in November. Prince Philip is 96 next month