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The Queen Calls for Emergency Meeting: Prince Philip to Retire This August
Buckingham Palace called all members of the royal household to meet today for an announcement that will affect them all.
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There’s been much speculation about the emergency meeting Queen Elizabeth had called for earlier today, May 4. All members of the royal household were summoned to Buckingham Palace for a meeting led by Lord Chamberlain, the most senior officer of the household. Many thought it had something to do with the 10-year renovation Buckingham Palace was to undergo.

BBC broke the news by tweeting that Prince Philip is to step down from his royal duties effective autumn this year. Her Majesty fully supports this decision, an official media advisory announced. The prince is set to attend all scheduled engagements between now and August, both with and without Queen Elizabeth. The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer accept new invitations for visits and engagements.

Read the announcement below:

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh had decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.

Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.

The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.

Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.

h/t: BBC News

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