Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip will no longer carry out public engagements from autumn, Buckingham Palace announces
The Duke of Edinburgh, who is 95, will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced.
In a statement Buckingham Palace said The Duke has the full support of the Queen. The statement said: "His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen.
"Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.
"The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.
"Her Majesty will continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements with the support of members of the Royal Family."
But a royal aide stressed Philip is likely to attend events in the future and will not completely disappear from public life.
A timeline of the Duke of Edinburgh's life:
June 10 1921 - Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark is born to Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg in the family home, Mon Repos, on Corfu. He is the youngest of five children.
December 1922 - Eighteen-month-old Prince Philip, travelling in a makeshift cot made from an orange box, is evacuated from Greece on a Royal Navy ship after King Constantine I is forced to abdicate.
1923 - The family settles in the outskirts of Paris. But Princess Alice begins to suffer mental health problems and her religious beliefs become more eccentric.
1928 - At the age of eight Philip travels to England to live with his grandmother and his uncle.
1930 - Philip's mother Princess Alice is diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a sanatorium in Switzerland for two years. His father Prince Andrew heads to the French Riveria. Philip is sent to Cheam Preparatory School in the UK.
1933 - At the age of 12 he spends two terms at Salem School in south Germany, run by Kurt Hahn, who inspired Philip to set up the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
1934 - Philip starts at Gordonstoun School in Morayshire , where he thrived and became head boy and captain of hockey and cricket.
November 1934 - Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth both attend the wedding of Philip's cousin Princess Marina to Elizabeth's uncle George, Duke of Kent at Westminster Abbey.
1936 - George V dies and is succeeded by his son Edward VIII, who abdicates 11 months later in December 1936 because of his love for American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
May 1937 - Coronation of George VI - Princess Elizabeth watches her father be crowned king. Philip is among the congregation.
November 1937 - Prince Philip attends the funeral in Germany of his sister Cecilie, who was killed in a plane crash at the age of 26.
May 1939 - In the run up to the start of the Second World War, Philip finishes at Gordonstoun and begins his Naval career at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, where he wins two prizes for being the best cadet.
July 1939 - A young Princess Elizabeth falls in love with Philip when he escorts her and her sister Princess Margaret during a tour of the college.
1940 - Philip joins the battleship HMS Ramillies in 1940 in Colombo as a midshipman and spends six months in the Indian Ocean.
January 1941 - He serves on the HMS Valiant in Alexandria and two months later is mentioned in dispatches for his actions during the Second World War in the Battle of Matapan after spotting an unexpected enemy vessel with the search lights. He is later awarded the Greek War Cross of Valour.
1942 - Philip rises through the ranks and becomes one of the youngest officers in the Royal Navy to be made First Lieutenant and second-in-command of a ship - HMS Wallace.
1943 - HMS Wallace is despatched to the Mediterranean and provides cover for the Canadian beachhead of the Allied landings in Sicily.
1943 - Prince Philip stays with the Royal Family a number of times during home leave, and, after a Christmas visit, Princess Elizabeth places a photograph of him on her dressing table.
February 1944 - Philip is appointed First Lieutenant and second in command of the new Fleet Destroyer HMS Whelp, which sails to the Indian Ocean to join the British Pacific Fleet.
September 2 1945 - Philip is in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrender.
1946 - Philip returns to the UK, spending time at Naval training schools. He asks George VI for Princess Elizabeth's hand in marriage.
February 29 1947 - Philip renounces his rights to the Greek throne and becomes a British subject - Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
July 9 1947 - The engagement of Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten to Princess Elizabeth is announced.
November 20 1947 - Philip marries Princess Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey. He is made the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich shortly before his wedding.
October 1948 - The Duke attends the Royal Naval Staff College at Greenwich.
November 14 1948 - The Duke becomes a father when Princess Elizabeth gives birth to their first child - a son and future king, Prince Charles.
1949 - Philip is appointed First Lieutenant and second-in-command of HMS Chequers, operating from Malta with the Mediterranean fleet.
1950 - He is promoted to Lieutenant-Commander and then appointed in command of the frigate HMS Magpie in Malta.
October 21 1950 - Philip and Elizabeth's second child, Princess Anne, is born.
1951 - The Duke and Princess Elizabeth return home from Malta to Clarence House. Philip leaves the Navy prematurely because of the deteriorating health of King George VI and Princess Elizabeth is required to take on more royal responsibilities.
1951 - Princess Elizabeth and Philip make their first major tour together to Canada and the United States in October and November 1951, after which the Duke is made a Privy Counsellor.
February 6 1952 - George VI dies and Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen while in Kenya on a Commonwealth tour.
June 2 1953 - The Queen's Coronation at Westminster Abbey. The Duke of Edinburgh swore to be his wife's "liege man of life and limb" and was the first layman to pay tender homage to the newly crowned monarch.
1956 - The Duke launches the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, inspired by his time at Gordonstoun. The Duke tours the Commonwealth on the royal yacht Britannia, without the Queen.
February 1957 - The Queen gives the Duke the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom.
February 1960 - Prince Andrew is born.
1961 - The Duke becomes the first President of the World Wildlife Fund-UK, becoming its international president in 1981. But his shooting of a tiger while in India sparks criticism.
1964 - Prince Edward is born.
1971 - Duke gives up polo, but goes on to take up carriage driving.
1977 - The Queen's Silver Jubilee - 25 years on the throne.
1981 - Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer.
1982 - Prince William - a future king - is born and Prince Andrew comes back safely from the Falklands war.
1984 - Prince Harry is born.
1986 - The Duke makes a remark about "slitty eyes" on a state visit to China. The Queen celebrates her 60th birthday.
1986 - Prince Andrew marries Sarah Ferguson.
1992 - The Queen's ''annus horribilis'' - The Princess Royal and Captain Phillips divorce, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of York separate and Windsor Castle is hit by a fire.
1993 - The Queen starts to pay income tax to the Government.
1996 - The Prince of Wales divorces from Diana, Princess of Wales. The Duke and Duchess of York divorce.
November 20 1997 - The Queen and the Duke's Golden Wedding anniversary.
April 1999 - A busy and demanding schedule did take its toll sometimes. While accompanying the Queen on a state visit to South Korea, Philip falls asleep at a banquet.
2000 - A new millennium and the Queen Mother's 100th year.
2002 - The Queen's Golden Jubilee - 50 years on the throne. The Queen's younger sister Princess Margaret and her mother, the Queen Mother, die.
2002 - Philip asks an Aborigine if they still throw spears at each other during a tour of Australia.
2005 - The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles.
2007 - The Queen and the Duke celebrate their Diamond Wedding anniversary
April 2008 - The Duke is admitted to hospital with a chest infection that forces him to cancel a number of engagements. He spends three nights in the private King Edward VII's Hospital
2009 - The Duke becomes the longest serving royal consort in British history, overtaking Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
2010 - Buckingham Palace announces Philip will step down as patron or president of more than a dozen organisations when he turns 90.
December 2010 - The Duke becomes a great-grandfather for the first time with the arrival of Peter and Autumn Phillips's daughter Savannah.
April 2011 - Prince William marries Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. The Queen visits Ireland.
June 2011 - The Duke celebrates his 90th birthday. The Queen gives him a new title - Lord High Admiral, titular head of the Royal Navy.
Christmas 2011 - The Duke is rushed to hospital by helicopter after suffering chest pains. He spends four nights in hospital including Christmas Day and is treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
2012 - The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Duke is forced to miss the majority of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations when he falls ill with a bladder infection.
August 2012 - Philip is treated for a bladder infection once again and spends five nights in hospital in Aberdeen, missing the opening of the Paralympic Games.
June 2013 - Two days after the service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation, he is hospitalised for an operation on his abdomen and spends two months recuperating.
July 2013 - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son Prince George is born - third in line to the throne, a future king and the Duke's great-grandson.
May 2015 - Philip and the Queen's great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is born.
September 2015 - The Queen becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history.
April 2016 - The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday.
June 2016 - Philip turns 95 - his birthday coincides with a weekend of festivities for the Queen's official 90th birthday.
October 2016 - The Queen becomes the longest reigning still serving monarch in the world after the death of the Thai king.
February 2017 - The Queen reaches her Sapphire Jubilee - 65 years on the throne.
May 4 2017 - Buckingham Palace announces that Philip is to step down from public duties in the autumn.
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