After decades of dedicated service to the Queen and United Kingdom, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, announced his retirement recently.
According to media reports, Prince Philip who will turn 96 on June 10, will retire from public engagements this summer. This is a decision, he took himself, which his wife and Queen Elizabeth supported wholeheartedly.
Prince Philip has been a huge support to Queen Elizabeth throughout her reign though he remained away from the limelight.
Read on to know more about how Prince Philip reached his decision.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has decided that he will no longer carry out public engagements from the autumn of this year. In taking this decision, The Duke has the full support of The Queen. The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron, President or a member of over 780 organisations, with which he will continue to be associated, although he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements."
The country celebrated the remarkable reign and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's rule. But a shadow of uncertainty marked her face while she met the cheering and excited crowd outside St Paul's Cathedral during the celebrations.
In 2012, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had said, "Queen's reign had been a historic and very public act of dedication - a dedication that has endured faithfully, calmly and generously through most of the adult lives of most of us here'.
Prince Philip, who was absent in the recent events, has played a crucial role in the Queen's successful rule of 60 years.
Prime Minister Theresa May expressed gratitude on behalf of the whole country to Prince Philip for his decades of service.
"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," she said.
There was a time when Prince Philip was against the idea of not being able to pass on his family name to his offsprings and once said, "I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children. I'm nothing but a bloody amoeba".
With time, his rage calmed down and with the dying rage, he strongly voiced his recognition for the qualities of his wife. These qualities made him admire her on the same level as she has always admired him.
"As a military man, he was impressed with her orderly mind and devotion to duty and he has always adored her earnest manner," a former equerry said.
Margaret Rhodes, a close friend and late cousin, described the Queen as a one-man woman and said she has gained a lot from the mental strength and decision-making ability of Philip, especially during the troubled years of Charles's marriage with Diana.
"Prince Philip has always tried to take the burden off the Queen - a very strong man and his own man. He'll be missed," said Lady Butter, Queen's lifelong friend and former fellow Girl Guide.
On their golden wedding anniversary lunch, the Queen declared lovingly of her husband, "He has been my strength and stay all these years."