After 70 Years, Prince Philip is Ready to Retire

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If Britain gave gold watches to retiring members of the royal family, Prince Philip and his seven decades of service would merit platinum.

Prince Philip has been a hard working man for the past 70 years or so, and it has finally come time for him to retire. We are very proud to serve senior living residents here in Denver, and love hearing about their stories before retirement. It’s amazing to see someone decide to retire at such an age, his energy is inspiring, but we have to agree, he deserves some time to relax!

Philip, who will turn 96 in June, announced this week he will retire from royal duties next fall after seven decades at the side of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning British monarch. In 2009, he became the longest-serving consort in British history.

The Prince has kept an active public calendar, which the BBC has tallied to include 22,191 solo engagements and 637 solo overseas visits. He wrote 14 books along the way.

“It says something about an individual that they get to the age of 95 before they decide to officially retire,” Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told reporters. “It’s something to aim for.”

Even after he officially retires, Philip may still attend some public events, and the palace said he will maintain his role with more than 780 charitable organizations. In a statement, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May praised his contribution and said he will be a “huge benefit to us all for years to come.”

After 70 Years, Prince Philip is Ready to Retire – AARP

 

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