Thursday, May 04, 2017

WORLD_ UK_ Prince Philip to retire from royal duties following ‘unusual’ all-staff meeting


Prince Philip to retire from royal duties following ‘unusual’ all-staff meeting

May 5, 20171:39am


Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is to retire from public duties in August. Picture: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Victoria Craw,

PRINCE Philip has shown he’s still in fine form following news of his retirement, joking about his ability to stand up.

Within hours of the announcement the Duke, 95, will step back from public engagements in August, he was with the Queen, 91, at a service for members of the Order of Merit at St James’s Palace.

“I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down,” one man said to the Duke in an exchange captured on camera. He quickly replied: “I can’t stand up much!”

Prince Philip jokes about the real reason he's standing down from royal engagements
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) May 4, 2017

On Thursday the Duke announced he would retire from public engagements in the northern autumn after a lifetime of service.

“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year,” the Palace said in a statement.

“The Duke has the full support of the Queen.”



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