On May the 4th 2017, the British Royal family raised questions all over the world when an announcement was scheduled for shortly after 10am, described as ‘an emergency meeting’. Twitter’s trending topics suddenly overpowered the Star Wars related ‘May the 4th Be With You’ conversations with discussions of The Queen, Buckingham Palace and other regal topics.
It was revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, would be stepping down from his Royal engagements. This decision was made by Prince Philip himself, and received unwavering support from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Duke of Edinburgh will be attending previously scheduled arrangements between now and August, however after this point, he will not be accepting new engagements, a spokesperson for the palace has stated.
In 2016, Prince Philip participated in 110 days of engagements, which makes him the fifth busiest member of the monarchy, the Count Circular has reported.
The Duke of Edinburgh is the patron, president or a member of over 780 organisations, all of whom he will remain associated with, however he will no longer play an active role in them, Buckingham Palace commented this morning. In the statement released by the palace, a spokesperson stated that the Duke “may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.”
At the age of 90, The Duke of Edinburgh stepped down as president or patron of over a dozen organisations.
The Duke opened a new stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground on May 3rd, where, known for his quips and sense of humour, he was heard describing himself as “the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler.” On May 4th, The Duke and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II are scheduled to attend a service for members of the Order of Merit, held at St James’ Palace, where they will be hosting a lunch for those in attendance.