QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH ARRIVE AT THE DIAMOND JUBILEE PAGEANT IN WINDSOR, BERKSHIRE. PRESS ASSOCIATION PHOTO. PICTURE DATE: SUNDAY MAY 13, 2012. SEE PA STORY ROYAL JUBILEE. PHOTO CREDIT SHOULD READ: JANE MINGAY/PA WIRE
Even if you don’t live in England, everyone seems to be fairly familiar with the royal family. But something within the royal family is about to change, and maybe for the better!
5 years ago, the Buckingham Palace had said that the Duke of Edinburgh, who married Queen Elizabeth-then princess- in 1947, would gradually wind down his duties. Since then, Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth, was still keen on performing many of his duties.
In just 2016 alone, Philip (95 years old) attended a little over 200 events. He has continuously represented the royal family with his own distinctive style.
But the Palace has now said that his summer’s previously scheduled public engagements will be his last, although he is able to attend some events if he wishes.
He has been married to Queen Elizabeth II for 69 years, and is well known amongst everyone for his wit and humor. He even decided to take the wheel to drive President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to lunch.
“I reckon I’ve done my bit, I want to enjoy myself now…have less responsibility, less frantic rushing about, less preparation, less trying to think of something to say,” said Prince Philip back in 2011.
And as for his queen, she has been delighted by his exceptional contribution of her husband, who has been with her on so many of her official visits and tasks. She said the support from him and her family has been beyond measure throughout her reign.
“Prince Philip is, I believe, well-known for declining compliments of any kind. But throughout he has been a constant strength and guide,” said Queen Elizabeth II.
But now, it is officially time for him to retire. Although it may seem as a sad time for England, it really isn’t in any way. He will still continue to be by his wife’s side, and will be able to relax.
We wish him the best in his retirement from his royal duties, and we hope that he will be able to enjoy himself!