Buckingham Palace Makes a Sudden Announcement About Prince Philip

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Time to take a load off. According to a new announcement from Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip will be retiring from public life. The prince, who's 95 and has been by Queen Elizabeth's side during her 65-year reign, will stop accepting public engagements from September. Who will be the queen's plus-one now?

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In recent years, the queen, who's as sprightly as ever at 91, has scaled back her public appearances, but she is far from being officially retired. Her husband, who was treated for a severe bladder infection in 2012, feels it's time to step down, though -- and he has the full support of the queen. The statement read:

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen. Prince Philip will attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, both individually and accompanying The Queen. Thereafter, The Duke will not be accepting new invitations for visits and engagements, although he may still choose to attend certain public events from time to time.

Not surprisingly, the announcement has kicked the rumor mill into overdrive with people speculating about the prince's health. The Daily Mail reported a "highly unusual" emergency meeting had been called early on Thursday, with all royal staff called back to the Palace. And the Sun even published a piece saying that the prince had died. According to palace officials, though, the meetings -- and the prince's health -- are "no cause for alarm."

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While it will be sad that we won't be seeing the prince alongside the queen anymore, his retirement is very much deserved. Time to kick back and straight chill, Prince P. Enjoy every minute of it. 

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