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POSTED AT 06:20 AM 04-05-2017

Prince Philip to withdraw from public life

Prince Philip of the Royal family of England is retiring from public life, Buckingham Palace has announced earlier today.

The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh will no longer carry out public engagements beginning from autumn this year, the Palace said, adding that he has the fullest support of the Queen.

He will carry out his scheduled duties between now and August, but will not be accepting new invitations.Prince Philip will continue to be involved in the 780 organisations he is associated with, including being the patron of The Duke of Edinburgh Award and the World Wide Fund.

News of Prince Philip's decision was announced to staff of the royal household at 10 a.m. BST on Thursday morning.