Prince Philip, the consort known for his constant support of his wife Queen Elizabeth II as well as for his occasional gaffes, will retire from royal duties later this year.
Philip, 95, made the decision himself with the full support of the queen, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday. The royal, known as the Duke of Edinburgh, has suffered from heart disease and other ailments in recent years but has nonetheless maintained a vigorous public schedule.
He seemed to be in good health and a fine mood on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) during an appearance at a London cricket club. He joked about being the world’s most experienced person when it comes to unveiling plaques.
Like many, very glad the announcement wasn’t something more serious. I don’t think anyone could say 95 is too young an age to retire. His service has been second only to his wife’s, and I for one have enjoyed his many politically incorrect statements.