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Britain's Prince Philip to stand down from royal duties

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Britain's Prince Philip to stand down from royal duties

Britain's Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will stand down from his royal duties, according to a statement posted by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out public engagements from this autumn, but will continue to be associated with over 780 organizations of which he is patron, president or a member, according to the statement.

Philip is the oldest male member of the British royal family in history. He also holds the record as the longest-serving consort to a reigning British monarch.

Besides accompanying the Queen in her official duties and appearances throughout the world, Philip has also participated in the work of many organizations, particularly favoring those focused on the environment, athletics and education.

British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement following today's announcement, offering "our deepest gratitude and good wishes to His Royal Highness-- the Duke of Edinburgh."

Earlier in the morning, an emergency meeting had been reportedly called by Buckingham Palace, which sparked speculation on social media about the health of the Queen and Prince Philip. But a royal spokesman refuted the rumor and said "there is no cause for alarm" and the couple are "fine".

Buckingham Palace also confirmed that Queen Elizabeth will continue to carry out her full program of engagements.

lawson james blog, entertainment news

lawson james blog, entertainment news


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