The 95-year-old Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and notoriously gaffe-prone, will retire from his royal position in the fall, said a statement issued Thursday by Buckingham Palace.
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen,” the statement read. “Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family.”
Speculation raged on social media after a 3am emergency meeting was called by the Queen’s most senior aides at Buckingham Palace, with many assuming that the nonagenarian had died or become ill.