Prince Philip, Husband of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, to Retire From Royal Duties

Buckingham Palace makes announcement one month before 96th birthday

Last Updated: May 4, 2017 @ 3:25 PM

Prince Philip, the husband of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from royal duties this summer, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

The royal, who turns 96 on June 10, is expected to maintain already scheduled engagements through August, according to the BBC.

The palace also announced that the queen herself “will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements.”

Prince Philip spent 110 days last year making official engagements, the BBC reported, makng him the fifth busiest member of the royal family.

Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark in 1921, Philip was born in Greece but exiled from the country along with his family as an infant. He was raised primarily in the United Kingdom and joined the Royal Navy in 1938, serving in World War II.

Philip and Elizabeth met when she was 13 years old, and the couple received permission from her father, King George VI, in 1947.

The early years of their marriage, during which Elizabeth was crowned Queen, were depicted in the Netflix series “The Crown.”

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