Prince Philip to stand down from royal duties

Publish Date
Friday, 5 May 2017, 5:55AM
Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, smiles during his visit to Lord's Cricket Ground in London yesterday to open the new Warner Stand. Photo / AP / NZ Herald

Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, smiles during his visit to Lord's Cricket Ground in London yesterday to open the new Warner Stand. Photo / AP / NZ Herald

Britain's Prince Philip, who is 95, will no longer carry out public engagements from autumn of this year, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The Palace said in a statement it was the Duke of Edinburgh's decision taken with the support of the Queen, his wife.

The statement read: "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 program of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family."

Last year it was revealed Prince Philip carried out nearly twice as many days of public engagements as the Duchess of Cambridge in the year he turned 95.

- NZ Herald