>> Britain's Prince Philip will be retiring from royalties this autumn. The Queen's husband who is 95 years old, who permanently stand down from public engagements. Buckingham Palace released this statement on Thursday on through meeting of senior royal staff. Before it, Twitter went into a frenzy with all sorts of speculation as to what the news could be.
Prime Minister Theresa May, paid tribute to Prince Philip for his contribution to Britain and beyond. She praised his steadfast support of Queen Elizabeth, and the Prince's patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes. The Duke of Edinburgh is patron, president or a member, although there's 780 organizations. He'll celebrate his 96th birthday in June and his and the Queen's 70th wedding anniversary in November.
The couple have been cutting their workloads in recent years, passing on many responsibilities to their son and heir Prince Charles and their grandsons, Princes William and Harry. The Palace said, the queen, the world's longest reigning monarch will continue her full program of events.