PRINCE PHILIP TO RETIRE FROM ROYAL DUTIES

London, – The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday.

The decision was made by Prince Philip himself and is supported by the Queen, a palace spokesman said in a statement carried by the BBC.

The duke, who turns 96 next month, will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August but will not accept new invitations, the BBC reported.

In the statement, the spokesman said the duke “may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time”.

The Queen “will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements”, the palace said.

In a statement on Thursday May offered the country’s “deepest gratitude and good wishes” to Philip on his retirement. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency