From the Archives: Prince Philip Through the Years

From the Archives: Prince Philip Through the Years

From the Archives: Prince Philip Through the Years

Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements until August but will not be planning any more.

But Buckingham Palace stressed he may decide to attend certain events from time to time.

The announcement came after members of the royal staff were summoned to a meeting on Thursday in London, a development that touched off alarms about the health of the queen and her husband.

"Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II", a line from the newspaper's story blared.

The 95-year-old has attended countless British and foreign engagements, as well as being patron or president of nearly 800 organisations.

However a well-placed source said there was no cause for concern about the health of the queen or Philip, who turns 96 next month.

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The weight of the decision clearly taking a toll of on him.

That may be true: Official figures indicate he has made more than 22,000 solo royal appearances and thousands more at the Queen's side.

Buckingham Palace recently announced that Prince Philip will be stepping away from public life.

"His Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations".

The Duke of Edinburgh made a crowd of guests roar with laughter while with the Queen at an Order of Merit service at St James's Palace just an hour after announcing he will stop all public royal duties at the age of 95.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered the country's "deepest gratitude and good wishes" to Philip on his retirement. They married in 1947 and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov 20.

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The early years of their marriage, during which Elizabeth was crowned Queen, were depicted in the Netflix series "The Crown".

What was it, you ask?

After one member of staff told the Duke he was "sorry to hear he was standing down" the Prince spoke out for the first time.

This has included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, the Queen's 90th birthday previous year and her passing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's record in September 2015 to become Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

The Duke is considered one of the hardest-working royals and conducted 110 days of appearances past year - outnumbering several young family members, including Prince William.

He gave up a successful naval career to support her when she became queen in 1952.

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