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Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II to retire from royal duties

The Duke of Edinburgh is retiring from royal duties this autumn, Buckingham Palace has announced.

The decision was made by Prince Philip himself and is supported by the Queen, a palace spokesman said.

He will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August but will not accept new invitations.

The prince - who turns 96 next month - is patron, president or a member of more than 780 organisations and will continue to be associated with them.

However, he "will no longer play an active role by attending engagements", Buckingham Palace said.