DW – May 4, 2017
Britain’s Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has decided to retire from royal duties “from the autumn of this year,” Buckingham Palace announced in a statement issued Thursday.
The prince, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, “has the full support of the queen,” the statement went on. “Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying the queen.”
Philip, who turns 96 in June, is the longest-serving consort in British history. He has been ever-present at his wife’s side since she was crowned in 1953. Over the decades he has developed a reputation for his devotion to duty and blunt, forthright style, including a tendency to make inappropriate and often politically incorrect comments.