The Duke of Edinburgh will wrap up his official engagements this year. At the age of 96 – as of July 10th – it makes sense for him to step back. The fact that the Cambridges are moving back to London to reside in Kensington Palace is, in retrospect, a big indicator that they were needed to increase their duties.
Despite William’s remarks last year, the Duke of Edinburgh does indeed have to take it easy.
“As that time comes I’ll be the first person to put my hand up and take [royal duties] on.
“But like I said, my grandfather is so active as well and he’s unwilling to slow down.”
It truly is the end of an era. I wish Philip continued good health and happiness!