Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Buckingham Palace announcement: Prince Philip will retire this autumn

prince philip.jpg

Prince Philip will retire from his official duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

The announcement was made at 10am this morning after Queen Elizabeth II called an emergency “all staff” meeting by summoning senior staff from across the UK at 3 am.

“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 statement (below) read.

“In taking this decision, the Duke has the full support of the Queen.”

Both the Queen and Prince Philip were seen fulfilling official duties yesterday, with the Queen meeting Prime Minister Theresa May at Buckingham Palace to agree to dissolve parliament before next month’s general election, while Prince Philip opened a new stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Both are due to attend a service for members of the Order of Merit at St James’s Palace later today.

queen

Those summoned to the meeting this morning included members of the royal household from across the UK, including Windsor Castle, Sandringham and even Balmoral in Scotland. 

Attendees at the meeting were addressed by the Lord Chamberlain and Her Majesty’s Private Secretary Sir Christopher Geidt.

queen

Her Majesty celebrated her 91st birthday last month, while the Duke of Edinburgh turns 96 next month.

Images: Rex

queen

Related

margot robbie.JPG

Margot Robbie to star as iconic member of the Royal Family

gordon ramsay gbbo.jpg

Great British Bake Off could have looked very different

queen job twitter.jpg

The Queen is recruiting someone to decorate Buckingham Palace

Comments

More

“Why it’s time to talk openly about race”

"I learnt that to get ahead in life, I should actively avoid talking about race."

by The Stylist web team
27 Jun 2017

The 15 craziest bridezilla demands, as told by their weary bridesmaids

Someone needs to give these bridesmaids a medal, ASAP

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Jun 2017

The scientific reason we should keep having sex as we get older

A new study reveals an intriguing benefit of not letting sex slide.

by Moya Crockett
27 Jun 2017

We can’t believe this woman was sacked for not wearing a bra

‘I felt uncomfortable and objectified’

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Jun 2017

London's best pop-up bars for summer 2017

Sunset cocktail on the beach, anyone?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Jun 2017

To the Bone director defends drama from claims it “triggers” anorexia

The first trailer for the Netflix drama has sparked controversy

by Elle Griffiths
26 Jun 2017

Bride asks bridesmaids to pay for her designer dress

Well, Marchesa ain't cheap...

by Anna Pollitt
26 Jun 2017

GirlBoss is latest show to fall victim to Netlflix's cancelling spree

The series has been culled after just one season

by Elle Griffiths
26 Jun 2017

Woman forced to leave pool over “inappropriate” swimming costume

Misogynists couldn’t handle her pink one-piece

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Jun 2017

Clueless nearly never got made because of Hollywood sexism

As Cher would say, as if

by Jasmine Andersson
23 Jun 2017