Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

What Does Retirement Mean for Prince Philip?

What Does Retirement Mean for Prince Philip?

"In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen", the palace said in a statement. He will then stop attending the engagements.

It was made clear that while Prince Philip would step away from the public eye, that he will still attend public events on occasion.

"We've been honoured to have hosted the Duke in New Zealand on 14 occasions dating back to 1953".

Corbyn said the Duke of Edinburgh program, which encourages teenagers to take part in challenging group activities and community service, "has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations".

"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", it continued. Philip retired when Elizabeth became a queen in 1952, having previously reached the rank of vice-chief.

Prince Philip, the loyal husband of Queen Elizabeth for nearly 70 years, has announced that he will be retiring from his royal duties.

"His royal highness the Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year", read the terse statement from the palace (via The New York Times).

The two appeared to be in good health Wednesday.

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Prince Philip for his contribution to Britain and beyond, his "steadfast support" of Queen Elizabeth and for his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes.

Members at the event on Thursday included former Australian prime minister John Howard, TV presenter Sir David Attenborough, artist David Hockney, the former Commons speaker Betty Boothroyd and entrepreneur James Dyson.

They have both been cutting their workload in recent years, passing on many responsibilities to son and heir Prince Charles, and grandsons, Princes William and Harry.

Mass panic engulfed worldwide media as word of "an emergency meeting" trickled out of Buckingham Palace in the wee hours of Thursday morning (local time), but fears were allayed by Prince Philip's announcement. Queen Elizabeth II will continue to fulfill all of her engagements as Queen.

While just hours after the official announcement was made he also joked about his advanced years at palace reception.

Since marrying Queen Elizabeth II in 1947, he has carried out 22,191 solo engagements and is patron, president or a member of over 780 organizations.

"I'm a great fan of his and I think everybody appreciates what a wonderful consort he is and it'll continue in that way".

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