Prince Philip's Retirement: The Reaction

Prince Philip in 95 years old, and will be 96 when he retires according to the timeframe announced today. After some confusion (during which the Sun reported that the Prince had died, and twitter speculated that the Queen was about to abdicate), the announcement that the hardworking Prince will cease to accept invitations to public engagements seems rather tame. After all, he's a very old man and, unlike the Queen, his constitutional role is very limited. The world of politics seems to have reacted accordingly. 

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said: 

On behalf of the whole country, I want to offer our deepest gratitude and good wishes to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh following today’s announcement that he will stand down from public duties in the autumn. From his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen to his inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Awards and his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes, his contribution to our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world will be of huge benefit to us all for years to come.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition, said: 

I would like to pay tribute to Prince Philip following his decision to retire from public service.

He has dedicated his life to supporting the Queen and our country with a clear sense of public duty.

His Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme has inspired young people for more than 60 years in over 140 nations.

We thank Prince Philip for his service to the country and wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.

Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

"Well, perhaps 30 years later than most people retire, the Duke of Edinburgh is announcing that that is what he is intending to do, and I think it is a moment to celebrate and take stock of the enormous achievements that he has made in his life so far, the enormous service he has given to his country, the service to countless charities he has supported, plus while being such a rock for Her Majesty the Queen.

"I think it is a moment for us to be genuinely reflective of a great life well-lived and great achievements."

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister and SNP leader, said:

"His charity work, in particular his role as chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, has benefited millions of young people across Scotland.

He also gave over 50 years of service to Edinburgh University during his time as chancellor there.

He has always served with enthusiasm and a healthy sense of humour. I have always thoroughly enjoyed any time that I have spent in his company.

I know that, even as he steps back from public life, the duke will continue to be a huge support to the Queen. I wish him all the very best for a happy and peaceful retirement."

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, shared this tweet:

David Cameron, former Prime Minister, shared this tweet:

Paul Nuttall, UKIP leader, said:

Today we should honour the life of service to our Queen and nation by Prince Philip.

For over 60 years he has been a dedicated public servant, and deserves our great thanks. Happy retirement Sir.

 

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