Buckingham Palace has confirmed Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, will “no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year.”
The world’s media had been gathered at Buckingham Palace, waiting with bated breath for a statement on behalf of the British Royal Family.
Interest was piqued late on Wednesday evening (May 3) when all senior royal staff were summoned to a last-minute meeting at the Queen’s London residence.
“There’s no cause for alarm,” sources told the press on Thursday morning. However, the Twittersphere and other social media platforms were abuzz with speculation over what the announcement might be.
Both the Queen and Prince Philip appeared in good health today – Her Majesty meeting Teresa May and Prince Philip at Lords Cricket Ground pic.twitter.com/ARd8iJ1mkD— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) May 4, 2017
Both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip carried out royal engagements on Wednesday. The Queen, 91, met UK Prime Minister Theresa May to formally agree to the dissolution of Parliament ahead of the June 8 general election. Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who will turn 96 next month, opened a new stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The couple is expected at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace on Thursday. There, they will attend a service for members of the Order of Merit and will afterwards host a lunch for the congregation.
The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated. pic.twitter.com/lH2zsYKXsp— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 4, 2017