Fri, 5 May 2017 : At 96, Prince Philip of England has announced his farewell to public engagements from August this year, the Buckingham palace said in a statement yesterday.
The decision to retire is a personal one, according the Palace sources.
In 2016, the duke carried out 110 days of engagements, making him the fifth busiest member of the royal family, according to Court Circular listings.
Prince Philip will however oblige all engagements scheduled up to Autumn in August, but will not accept new invitations.
The prince is patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations and post-retirement will continue the associating, only ‘will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.’
After the announcement, Prince Philip lunched with members of the Order of Merit at St. James’s Palace, his 26th public engagement of 2017.
The duke is a prince of Greece – with Danish, German and Russian blood – and as an outsider struggled much first amid royals of England who viewed him with suspicion.
Though gaffe-prone to critics, he is said to have played a crucial role in sustaining the monarchy.
Understandably, the Queen once called him her strength and stay.
The announcement marks a significant moment in the recent history of the British Royal Family.
If the royal retirement has its reasons in Duke’s health issues, is not immediately clear.