Buckingham Palace released a statement following an “Emergency” meeting of staff at Buckingham Palace, after which it was announced that the Duke of Edinburgh would be retiring from public duties. Since 1952, the Duke has carried out 22,191 solo engagements.
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 Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.
Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.
Personally, I thank the Duke of Edinburgh for his decades of service to the UK and Commonwealth, and wish him all the best for his retirement.