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Royal Shocker! Prince Philip Retires

Royal Shocker! Prince Philip Retires

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip is retiring at the end of August.

Buckingham Palace announced the big news about the 95-year-old, saying, "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has 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 statement went on. "Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.”

Just hours before the announcement, there was an emergency meeting held at Buckingham Palace. Though it was unknown what was discussed, rumors swirled that it may have focused on the health of Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip.

The pair wed in 1947, five years before she took over as Queen.