Buckingham Palace announcement: Prince Philip will retire this autumn

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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.

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.

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

Images: Rex