Buckingham Palace reported that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is to step down from official acts in the autumn of 2017, while Queen will continue her activity.
Duke, 95, will keep the commitments made until the end of August, after which he will no longer accept invitations, although the note released today stated that “it may be” that in the future he attends public events of his choice.
The statement states that he has taken this decision, with “the full support” of the monarch, who in April turned 91 years old.
The Duke of Edinburgh is a patron, president and member of more than 780 organizations, with whom he will “continue to be associated”, although he will not play “an active role”.
The statement said that Elizabeth II “will continue to carry out a full program of official acts with the support of members of the Royal Family.”
The notification of palace has been preceded by numerous speculations on social networks after The Daily Mail newspaper published today that the Queen’s secretaries and the duke had summoned all Royal House staff to make them an announcement.
The meetings with the staff of the palace are usual, but this time his unusual call on dawn had unleashed the rumors.
Elizabeth II, who celebrated her 65th birthday last February, has just returned to Buckingham, her official residence in London, after spending Easter in Windsor.
Both the Queen and Philip, the longest consort in British history, had health problems last Christmas, when a bad cold prevented the sovereign from attending the Christmas religious service.
Paula Baena, from London, for the EFE Agency.
May 4, 2017, EFE/Practica Español
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Del estado de salud de un miembro de la familia real británica.
De una entrevista a un miembro de la familia real británica.
De un anuncio de la familia real británica.
El esposo de Isabel II dejará de asistir a actos oficiales en este mes.
El esposo de Isabel II continuará asistiendo a actos oficiales.
El esposo de Isabel II dejará de asistir a actos oficiales en unos meses.
El príncipe de Edimburgo no volverá a asistir a más actos públicos.
El príncipe de Edimburgo podría asistir a actos públicos si así lo desea.
El príncipe de Edimburgo continuará asistiendo a actos públicos durante todo el año.
No se sabe.
No se sabe.
No se sabe.