Prince Philip will stand down from his royal duties this autumn, it has been confirmed.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been a central figure in British public life since marrying the Queen in 1947, but has decided to withdraw from his duties a month before his 96th birthday.
The former naval officer, who was born into the Greek and Danish royal families, has had a number of minor health problems in recent years. However he has continued to undertake regular public engagements, yesterday opening a £25 million stand at Lord's cricket ground in London.
The new broke after reports of an emergency meeting at Buckingham Palace, which prompted feverish speculation. Buckingham Palace had insisted there was "no cause for alarm" and insisted the meeting was not to do with the health of either the Queen or her husband.