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Old 05-04-2017, 05:37 AM
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Oh I have to say that this is a well earned and very deserved retirement. Although I can't help but feel a sense of sadness. Almost the the end of an era and a change from what has been the 'norm' for almost 70 years.

I know that His Royal Highness's many charities have benefited greatly from his patronage, none more so than The Duke of Edinburgh's Award which bears his name.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:49 AM
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The question now is how is DoE's charity work going to be divided? There has been so much press about Will & Kate's approach to royal engagements and Andrew's desire to have Beatrice and Eugenie to become working royals, could that be a factor in splitting up work in the Firm?
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:50 AM
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Goodness he most certainly deserves it. Here's to a wonderful and relaxing retirement.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:03 AM
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What I like about the way this was done is that the retirement announced will not begin until September of this year. This totally rules out that the DoE is suddenly retiring due to health concerns.

He'll be 96 when he does go into retirement. The man has 30 years on me and I'm already retired. I just hope he enjoys it as much as I do.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:04 AM
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"Theresa May has offered the nation's 'deepest gratitude' to the Duke of Edinburgh as he announced his retirement from public duties.
The Prime Minister set aside the election battle to pay tribute to Prince Philip's 'steadfast support' for the Queen.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn paid his own tribute as he thanked the Duke for his 'service to the country'."

Theresa May offers the nation's 'deepest gratitude' | Daily Mail Online
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:18 AM
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He deserves a retirement, absolutely. But I'm baffled as to how this was handled.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:22 AM
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Well deserved!
I do hope my government doesn't take him as an example when they debate again about raising the general retirement age

Was the staff really called to London in the middle of the night or was it a newspaper who started the fuss then? I find this a very dramatic way of communicating.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:36 AM
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Follow it here: (the British news channels is in meltdown)
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:11 AM
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I guess at 95 he's allowed to retire ...lol

Now to see how they distribute his work out...Andrew and Edward to pick up their pace? Guessing the younger royals will for sure.


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Old 05-04-2017, 07:28 AM
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Read more: Prince Philip: Seventy years as The Queen's 'rock' | Daily Mail Online
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Seventy years as Her Majesty's 'rock': At the Queen's side since their fairtytale wedding, how a Greek-born prince has become one of the hardest working royals

The Duke of Edinburgh has been the Queen's steadfast companion for nearly 70 years.

Known for his no-nonsense approach and acerbic wit, Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort in British history and also the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch.

The husband of one of the most famous women in the world, he is defined by his relationship to Elizabeth II and gave up a promising naval career to support his wife in her royal role.

While the Queen takes centre stage, Philip has always been one step behind, ready to lend a hand.

The Duke has had a profound effect on the development of the British monarchy and has been a moderniser of 'the Firm'.
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He overcame family tragedy and personal difficulty to become a war hero - and also won the heart of the future Queen. Dynamic, driven, and prone to explosions of both ardour and anger, he was never cut out by temperament for a secondary role, but somehow Prince Philip transformed himself. Now, as the longest-serving royal consort in British history approaches 90, the final part of our exclusive extract from Philip Eade’s new book, Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life, tells how he wooed the young Elizabeth - and the nation, too.

After the war was over, Prince Philip remained in the Far East with his destroyer Whelp to collect and bring home prisoners of war, arriving back in Portsmouth on 17 January, 1946. A series of unexciting home postings had left him restless and disillusioned after the buzz of action. In a letter to Queen Elizabeth, he admitted he was “still not accustomed to the idea of peace, rather fed up with everything and feeling that there was not much to look forward to and rather grudgingly accepting the idea of going on in the peacetime navy.”
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:32 AM
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He'll retire just in time to avoid certain unpleasant visit in Autumn

I think it's just a well-deserved retirement and a very understandable decision to take at 95. It was in fact admirable the fact that he has mantain his public duties with little change until now. I wish him a paceful retired life.
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Who's visiting in Autumn?


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Old 05-04-2017, 07:37 AM
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:53 AM
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I think he most likely would be around for that. His retirement in September, from what I gather, is that he'll not be taking on any visits to places, opening things and unveiling things that make up a lot of his royal duties. Charities and patronages will most likely all distributed elsewhere.

He'll very much still be by his wife's side at dinners, events and maybe even throw a sumptious barbeque for the Donald. He's not going into seclusion but just retiring from his own public duties.

I can't imagine this retirement slowing Philip down one bit. He'll just have more time to do the things he really wants to do. Just have to keep an eye on him so he doesn't go tearing through Windsor in his carriage too much.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:58 AM
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Read More: Prince Philip's farewell tour to include Chelsea Flower Show, trip to Ascot and state visit of the King and Queen of Spain
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he Duke of Edinburgh’s busy ‘farewell tour’ will fittingly include a dinner and reception for the charity he founded and bears his name.

Prince Philip will host a dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in a fortnight’s time and follow that with a Buckingham Palace reception for youngsters who have achieved its gold standard.

Details of two of his final engagements are contained on a list of future diary events posted on the Royal Family’s website.

Prince Philip will also attend garden parties, the Chelsea Flower Show, the Trooping the Colour and Royal Ascot, carrying out all the duties already in the diary.

The King and Queen of Spain will pay a three-day state visit, starting on July 12th, which he will also attend. The ‘line in the sand’ will be the Queen and Duke’s annual summer holiday to Balmoral in August. After that, the Prince will largely retire from public duties.
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When he retires from public life this year, all but the most hard-hearted republicans will miss the high-spirited and freewheeling commentary of Prince Philip on our national stage. In an era of a carefully choreographed monarchy and a professional political class, Prince Philip has often provided a refreshing alternative.

The Duke has been unafraid to speak his mind, even under the pressures of political correctness and with the heavy weight of his royal responsibility on his shoulders. Prince Philip has been a quintessential British Royal, but we should never forget that he was a continental European born in Greece, and educated in France and Germany, a perfect success story of integration into British life. He is a man who has won the nation over through hard work and good cheer.
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So, I wonder?

Anne attended, did she know beforehand and went there as support? Or was she called to the meeting and heard about it there? If the latter, how did the rest of the family find out?

None of the other children attended? Or were there but not captured by cameras driving in?

Family dynamics are interesting in every family, much less in this one. But I am speculating the family knew about this well before we did. I'd go further and say, less speculatively, that contingencies for this were in place and well known in the family. But I do want, someday, to find out how they got this news. Did The Duke tell the kids himself? The Queen? Did her people tell their people?

Whatever, I am personally equally supportive and saddened. Like most, I am sure.
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Our hilarious Prince: Prince Philip's gaffes from decades on royal duty - BBC News

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Prince Philip was once described by the Queen as "my strength and stay all these years" and his lifetime of public service is testimony to that.

When the Duke of Edinburgh does finally stand down from his royal duties this autumn, it will bring to a close the decades of him being at Her Majesty's side at all kinds of events at home and abroad.

And that is not to mention the 22,191 solo engagements he has undertaken in his role as the longest-serving consort in British history.

He is involved with more than 780 different organisations. When he reached the grand old age of 90, his only concession to his passing years was that he gave up his connections to about a dozen of them.

One of the most successful associations has been with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a youth self-improvement scheme, which began in 1956.

But in an interview with the BBC's Fiona Bruce when he turned 90, the Duke said he could not take credit for the highly successful scheme.

"I don't run it - I've said it's all fairly second-hand the whole business. I mean, I eventually got landed with the responsibility or the credit for it.

"I've got no reason to be proud of it. It's satisfying that we've set up a formula that works - that's it."
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I am not a British or Commonwealth citizen, so it would not be appropriate for me to thank Prince Philip for his service, but I certainly commend him for it.

I guess the inevitable question now will be when the Queen herself will retire, either by abdicating (unlikely) or stepping down to let Charles take over as regent.
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I am not a British or Commonwealth citizen, so it would not be appropriate for me to thank Prince Philip for his service, but I certainly commend him for it.

I guess the inevitable question now will be when the Queen herself will retire, either by abdicating (unlikely) or stepping down to let Charles take over as regent.
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On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank Prince Philip for his decades of service and wish him the all the best in his retirement.
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