The Duke of Edinburgh is giving up his public duties from the autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced. The palace said Prince Philip, who turns 96 next month, had taken the decision with the “full support” of the Queen.
The Duke, who has had some medical problems over the years, appeared to be in good health on Wednesday and well enough to go about his usual business. He opened the new £25m Warner Stand at Lord’s cricket ground, named after former England captain Pelham Warner – one of 22,191 solo official engagements he has carried out. Over the years he has made 637 solo overseas trips as well, given 5,493 speeches and authored 14 books.
It appears he believes the time has come to take a step back from royal duties that can often involve extensive travel. But a royal aide stressed he would continue to attend royal events and not completely disappear from public life, adding: “He’s looking forward to enjoying more of his leisure time.”