News yesterday that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 96 next month, will be stepping down from royal duties this autumn was met with nationwide warmth. The longest serving consort in the nation’s history merits a pat on the back from the nation.
“I’m sorry to hear you’re standing down”, one man told him at a royal lunch on Thursday. “Well, I can’t stand up much,” the Duke joked back.
Prince Philip is patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations and will continue to be associated with them, but “will no longer play an active role by attending engagements”, Buckingham Palace said.
Prince Philip will doubtless continue to be seen escorting the Queen on Royal Occasions.
We thank him and wish him well. He’s been a rock for Britain for so many years.
(Photograph by the most excellent Allan Warren who we interviewed here)