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Palace: Prince Philip Will Stop Carrying Out Engagements


Former England cricketer John Stephenson, right, shows Britain's Prince Philip a bat that belonged to West Indian batsman Everton Weekes during his visit to Lord's Cricket Ground to open the new Warner Stand, in London, May 3, 2017.

Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, will stop carrying out public engagements this fall, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday.

The palace said in a statement that Philip, who is 95, has the full support of the queen in his decision. He will continue heading numerous charitable organizations but will not play an active role attending engagements.

In the past Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has suffered heart problems but has maintained a vigorous public schedule. The palace did not offer any new details about his health.

Earlier in the day, a report by Britain's Daily Mail of an unusual meeting of royal household staff sparked a worldwide wave of speculation about the health of the queen and Philip, including incorrect reports that the flag atop Buckingham Palace had been lowered to half staff.

The two appeared to be in good health Wednesday. The queen met with Prime Minister Theresa May at the palace and Philip made an appearance at a London cricket club. May later expressed gratitude to Prince Philip upon his retirement, thanks him for supporting the queen.