UK’s Prime Minister expressed enormous gratitude to Duke of Edinburgh, in her statement, Theresa May thanked Philip for his seven decades of service.
Elizabeth II’s husband, the 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, will retire from his royal duties. According to Buckingham Palace, the queen will keep carrying out royal engagements with the support of the royal family. Her son Prince Charles, the grandsons Harry and William become more active in their public duties.
Theresa May thanked Philip for his multi-decade service, according to the Buckingham Palace, consort took part in 22,220 public appearances since their marriage with Elizabeth II in 1947.
“From his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen to his inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Awards and his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes, his contribution to our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world will be of huge benefit to us all for years to come,”
the prime minister said.
Prince Philip as the longest-serving consort in British history
Queen has reduced her workload considerably in recent years, it is time to her children and grandchildren to move to the fore. Firstly, Elizabeth II has stopped making long-haul air flights to other Commonwealth countries. Now, he sends grandson Prince Harry to make such long-distance trip.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will make more public appearances since the fall when Prince Philip steps down. Philip is not expected to disappear completely from the public stage — the palace said he may still choose to attend some events from time to time.