Prince Philip retires from royal duties, says "I can't stand up much'"

Prince Philip still has scheduled appointments to make between now and his official retirement in August, many of them accompanying the Queen, and plans to fulfill those obligations.

The response was a reflection of increasing concern about the health of the queen and of Prince Philip, who is also known as the Duke of Edinburgh.

However, it has now been confirmed that Prince Philip will retire from public royal duties this autumn, a decision "fully supported" by the Queen.

Leaving Buckingham Palace for St James' Palace, to attend an Order of Merit service with The Queen just hours after his choice was publicised.

The first acknowledgement of Philip's advancing years came in 2010 when it was announced he would relinquish his association with a number of his charities on his 90th birthday the following year. "In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen", said a statement from the palace.

"His Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations", Corbyn mentioned.

A British newspaper mistakenly reported Wednesday that Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, had died.

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Prince Philip has taken a typically irreverent view on his own retirement today telling one man who said he was sorry he was standing down: "Well I can't stand up for much longer".

The queen is normally quite reserved about her private life, but she broke with tradition in a 1997 speech marking their 50 years of marriage.

The weight of the decision clearly taking a toll of on him.

The gathering sends a message to team Kensington Palace (that's William, Kate and Harry) and team Clarence House (that's Charles and Camilla), that it's time to all work together, making sure it's business as usual for the royal firm. The Queen will continue her public engagements as she has always vowed to serve her country for as long as she lives.

Global speculation followed, including a story mistakenly published by The Sun falsely reporting Prince Philip's death.

He will continue to be associated with them but will not longer play an active role.

Earlier in the day, a report by Britain's Daily Mail of an unusual meeting of royal household staff sparked a worldwide wave of speculation about the health of the queen and Philip, including incorrect reports that the flag atop Buckingham Palace had been lowered to half-staff.

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