The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from public life. Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Philip, who is 95, will step back from August 2017.
The official statement said that Philip ''has decided he will no longer carry out public engagements from autumn of this year''. It added that the dates already in his diary between now and August will be honoured but after that no new engagements will be added. Prince Philip will still attend some public events in the future - if he chooses to. And he will continue to be associated with the 780 organisations with which he currently has links.
The statement said that the decision has the full support of the Queen and added that '' Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family''. Philip's retirement comes in the year he celebrates the 70th anniversary of his marriage to the Queen.