Prince Philip will retire this fall from his royal duties, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.
Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will attend previously scheduled engagements until August, but won’t accept invitations after that, a palace spokesman said, adding the decision was made by the 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh and supported by the queen. Elizabeth, who is 91, “will continue to carry out a full program of official engagements,” the statement said.
Last year, Philip was the fifth-busiest member of the royal family. He carried out royal engagements on 110 days. He is expected to continue to be associated with the organizations for which he serves as patron:
The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated. pic.twitter.com/lH2zsYKXsp— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 4, 2017
The Guardian notes that though Philip has been suffered illness in recent years, he continues to remain physically active: “He … was seen riding a carriage with four horses through Windsor in March. He took up carriage driving after being forced to retire from playing polo many years ago.”