prince-phillipTHE Duke of Edinburgh is to retire from royal duties, Buckingham Palace have announced.

Prince Philip turns 96 next month, and made the decision himself.

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

Despite retiring from royal matters, the prince, who is involved with more than 780 organisations, will continue to be associated with them.

However, he “will no longer play an active role by attending engagements”.