Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Philip's step back means others will step up


A royal commentator says there's nothing wrong with Prince Philip's health, despite the fact he's retiring later this year.

Officials said the queen, who turned 91 last month, will keep carrying out royal engagements with the support of the royal family.

A statement released by the palace said: "His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from autumn this year".

At an engagement at St James's Palace in central London with his wife on Thursday, a guest told Philip he was sorry to hear he was standing down.

Both the queen and Philip have suffered some health issues in recent years.

Several news outlets are speculating it could be concerning Queen Elizabeth or her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

"His Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations", Corbyn mentioned.

"I can't stand up much", quipped the prince, whose off-the-cuff remarks have sometimes landed him in hot water.

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She and Prince Philip, who will turn 96 in June, just returned to the palace after celebrating a long Easter holiday. He said at the time that he felt he had "done my bit".

The world went into a frenzy late Wednesday night when Queen Elizabeth II's royal household attended a late night meeting.

The royal aide added: "This is not a decision taken for medical reasons".

The Duke of Edinburgh's contribution to national life and his "steadfast support" of the Queen have been praised following his decision to step down from public duties.

As for the public engagements, the Queen will organize a full program of all the engagements with the help of some of the Royal family members. The Queen will continue her public engagements as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives. A dozen television news crews headed to Buckingham Palace in the early morning, and the website of one tabloid reported, in an article that was quickly taken down, that the prince had died.

The gathering sends a message to team Kensington Palace (that's William, Kate and Harry) and team Clarence House (that's Charles and Camilla), that it's time to all work together, making sure it's business as usual for the royal firm.

He carried out 110 days of engagements in 2016 and he is a patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations.

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