Prince Philip wished a 'happy retirement' by Jewish leaders

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 9, 2017

The palace also said that the queen would continue to carry out her full program of engagements.

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard was one of a number of dignitaries to be with Prince Philip in the hours after he revealed he will no longer be available for public engagements.

When he opened the new Warner stand at Lord's cricket ground on Wednesday, the Duke joked just before he pulled a cord to expose a monument to his visit: "You're about to see the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler".

The Queen - dressed in a fuchsia outfit with matching hat, a black bag, gloves and shoes - spoke to the then new Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Norman Critchley, while Prince Philip poked fun at Sean Harriss, council chief executive at the time.

The announcement was made after all members of the Queen's household were gathered at Buckingham Palace for a highly unusual staff meeting.

However, Philip - Britain's longest serving consort in history - is "fine" but has chose to end his formal royal duties having supported his wife in public on thousands of occasions since 1947.

The story read: "Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II".

His career came to an abrupt end with the death of his father-in-law, King George VI, in 1952, and he settled into a life supporting his wife in her role as queen. They have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

Philip's decision to step down from his official royal duties has not been taken for medical reasons and has the full support of the Queen. "I can't stand up much", quipped the Prince.

As it turns out, the meeting was not to discuss the Queen, but her husband, Prince Philip.

He represented the royal family in more than 200 events in 2016.

After that it will not accept new invitations, although from time to time "he can still take part in certain public events". And the Sun even published a piece saying that the prince had died.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the President of the Guinea Pig Club meets Surviving "Guinea pig club" members after he unveiled a memorial to them at the National Memorial Arboretum on November 2, 2016 in Staffordshire, UK.

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