Prince Philip to retire from royal duties

The Rupert Murdoch-owned title published the story with the headline 'Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc, etc, ' ahead of an emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace.

Britain's Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has made a decision to retire from royal duties "from the autumn of this year", Buckingham Palace announced in a statement issued Thursday.

While just hours after the official announcement was made he also joked about his advanced years at palace reception.

The statement indicated Philip will carry out previously scheduled engagements between now and August.

Before he married Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip - born into Greek and Danish royal families - became a member of the Royal Navy after he was educated in France, Germany and the U.K. That explains why through the years he sometimes wore official military dress for certain events.

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Corbyn said the Duke of Edinburgh program, which encourages teenagers to take part in challenging group activities and community service, "has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations".

Philip, who turns 96 next month, has suffered a variety of ailments in recent years.

Despite being at the forefront of the royal family for nearly 70 years and also patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations, he has no clear-cut constitutional role and has admitted struggling to carve out a role for himself as the queen's consort.

He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was still an infant.

The duke carried out royal duties on 110 days past year - more than his grandchildren Princes William and Harry.

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Buckingham Palace said in their statement: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year". "The pair had four children together - Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward". His wife named him the Prince of the United Kingdom in 1957.

Prince Philip spent 110 days a year ago making official engagements, the BBC reported, makng him the fifth busiest member of the royal family.

The Duke is a keen sports enthusiast, who spearheaded the expansion of equestrian event "carriage driving".

He is well known for his outspoken behaviour, controversial remarks, and stark political incorrectness.

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