Palace announces Prince Philip to retire from official Royal duties

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Queen Elizabeth with her Husband Prince Phillip

"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 statement said.

The hashtag #BuckinghamPalace trended worldwide on Twitter.

"Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II".

The title, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News UK, posted a story online with the headline: "Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc".

It is understood that a Sun employee was updating an obituary on Philip and hit publish by mistake.

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The queen is generally believed to be in good health, though a "heavy cold" over Christmas last winter kept her away from her usual church attendance. "If I asked somebody 'what do you expect me to do?' they all looked blank - they had no idea, nobody had much idea", he told the BBC in an interview to mark his 90th birthday.

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.

But he has been reducing his workload in recent years, and said in 2011 that "I reckon I've done my bit, so I want to enjoy myself a bit now".

Following the announcement, British Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to the prince.

Diane Cole, 76, a retired Briton living in Melbourne, Australia, said: "The thing I like the most is when he. speaks his mind".

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Outspoken, irascible and intensely private, Philip, a Greek-born former naval officer, developed a reputation for brusque comments and occasional gaffes at some of the thousands of ceremonial events he has attended.

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

Sir Algernon Heber-Percy has hosted recent visits of Prince Philip and the Queen to Shropshire.

Prince William, second in line to the throne, has already announced that he is leaving his job as an air ambulance pilot this year in order to undertake more royal duties.

He is patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations and will continue to be associated with them, but "will no longer play an active role by attending engagements", Buckingham Palace said.

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He will no doubt be sorely missed by those on the royal circuit.

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