Prince Philip will step down from his royal duties aged 95.
A royal aide said: “This is not a decision taken for medical reasons. The Duke decided this is the right time. “He’s nearly 96 and most people will have retired 30 years earlier. He’s looking forward to enjoying more of his leisure time.”
The Queen, who has gradually reduced her workload over the past few years, will continue her schedule at a similar pace for the foreseeable future.
But after almost 70 years of relying on her consort for support, she will be left to fulfil her duties by herself.