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It has been revealed Prince Philip will retire from all public royal duties at the age of 95.

The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh’s well-earned retirement was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace today.

It caused lots of speculation around the world about the future and health of the Queen and her husband – but it has emerged that Philip has decided to end his royal duties, shares Daily Mail.`

The Queen will continue her public duties as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.

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Even at the age of 95 Philip has put the younger generation of royals to shame and undertook 219 official engagements in the UK last year, which was more than Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry put together.

In a statement Buckingham palace said this morning: ‘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 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.’

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  • he has done well to carry on as long as he has and it is time to chill

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  • About time he started to do a little less – bet he will keep his figure on the Duke of Edinburgh awards though. He is passionate about that.

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  • I’m a bit surprised this needed so much drama to announce.

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  • He probably should have done it earlier considering his health issues … hope he gets to enjoy doing other things now!

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  • I hope he finally gets to enjoy time off from royal duties.

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  • Good on him. His health is declining so he needs to take a step back and let the younger ones take more responsiblities

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  • Good on him. Well deserved rest!

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  • I know the press had to be available for the announcement but couldn’t they have waited until say 3 hours to let the press know that there was an announcement coming unless it’s taken 12 hours to decide what to do about prince Philip stepping down from public engagements if they took less than 12 hours to decide then I think the world needs to take note and things will get down a lot quicker

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