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An "emergency" meeting of royal staff was called at Buckingham Palace this morning, prompting concerns about the health of Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh. However, an announcement has now been made that whilst both of the royal couple are fine, the Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision "with the full support of the Queen" to step down from his royal duties. His Royal Highness will continue to serve as patron of over 780 organisations but will no longer play such an active role due to his age and health. The palace said that he may still chose to attend public events "from time to time" and will complete all previously scheduled events up to August, but from then on will not be accepting invitations to future events. At 95 years old, Prince Philip is the oldest member of the royal family, and his health has been the subject of some alarm in recent years. I wish the Duke a happy retirement, which he has no doubt earned after such a long service to the monarchy and the nation, and I'm sure that he will continue to do the monarchy a service by supporting his wife, the Queen.

That which concerns the mystery of the King's power is not lawful to be disputed; for that is to wade into the weakness of Princes, and to take away the mystical reverence that belongs unto them that sit in the throne of God. - James VI and I of England, Scotland and Ireland

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Thank you for you many splendid decades of service to the Commonwealth; and I wish you all the best in your retirement.

Yours Sincerely Queenslander

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Well as Theo and David can attest, last night was filled with facebook interactions about whether or not a senior royal had died, including actual news reports that the Duke had died from French press and that horrible rag "The Sun" (should be called "The Darkness")

Tributes to the Duke and his long public service are pouring in, with the Prime Minister, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, the First Minister of Scotland, all releasing statements of gratitude and respect to Prince Philip.

The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)

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He will be 96 by the time of his retirement. No one can him a slacker! And I am sure he will still accompany HM on all her State occasions.

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A Mail report (different to the one Ethiomonarchist linked), with the usual superb array of photographs. You would have to be even more curmudgeonly than the Duke's reputation to do other than wish him happiness in his retirement, and feel gratitude for his many decades of public service. I do hope though that retired or not he will still treat us to his unique bons mots now and again,

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Originally Posted by Peter
I do hope though that retired or not he will still treat us to his unique bons mots
now and again,

I certainly hope so! He often brightens my day. If I need a chuckle, I look up the article from (I think) The Mail, from around his 90th birthday. It was a list of ninety of his better ones.

'Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.' C.S. Lewis God save Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, etc.! Vive le Très haut, très puissant et très excellent Prince, Louis XX, Par la grâce de Dieu, Roi de France et de Navarre, Roi Très-chrétien!
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