After a lot of frenzied speculation by the public as well as the media when royal staff were called into an emergency meeting, it was announced, on Thursday, that Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, 95, would be stepping down from all public engagements beginning this fall.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace stated:
“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. 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, 91, will still attend all her scheduled engagements. The Prince will remain associated with the 780+ organizations that he is apart of.
In early December, the queen and the prince suffered a “heavy cold” which kept them out of the public eye for several weeks. She resurfaced in January when she attended church services.
Speculation before the announcement was thought to be about renovation to the royal estate and as far as the death of Prince Philip which was reported by The Sun.
We are glad that the prince is fine and we wish him well.
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