Prince Philip Steps Down: Our Theories Were Better, Says Twitter

Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth would continue to carry out her full programme of engagements.

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with Prince Philip. (Photo: Reuters)

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, will step down from royal duties, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on 4 May.

Media advisory released by the Palace. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking">BBC Breaking News‏</a>)
Media advisory released by the Palace. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/BBC Breaking News‏)

The Palace said Queen Elizabeth would continue to carry out her full programme of engagements. The statement was released after the Palace called for an emergency meeting of the Queen’s staff from all over the country on Thursday.

Tweeple Unimpressed

Twitter was clearly not impressed at the outcome of the meeting, which many dubbed as being anti-climactic, in the wake of a flurry of tweets that had been sparked after the emergency meeting.

Emergency Buckingham Palace Meeting Sends Twitter Into A Meltdown

Ahead of the announcement, media reports of the meeting had stoked rumours about the welfare of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Lord Chamberlain, the senior-most officer at the Palace, and Sir Christopher Geidt, senior officer of the Royal Household had addressed the meeting, according to media reports.

Everyone is on tenterhooks. Although meetings involving the entire royal household are occasionally called, the way this has been done at the eleventh hour is highly unusual and suggests that there is something major to be disseminated. But at the moment, only those closest to her genuinely know what on earth this is all about.
A Source on the Royal Staff to The Daily Mail

‘No Cause For Alarm, Royalty’s Health is Fine’

However, rumours were soon dismissed as a well-placed source told Reuters that there is no cause for alarm.

Buckingham Palace had no comment on The Daily Mail report, but the source said such all-staff meetings did occur occasionally.The queen, who celebrated her 91st birthday last month, and Philip, who turns 96 next month, still regularly carry out official duties although they have cut back on their workload in recent years.

Elizabeth met Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday to formally agree to the dissolution of parliament ahead of June's election while Philip opened a new stand at Lord's Cricket Ground in central London.

However, Twitter came up with its speculation of the announcement.

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(With inputs from The Daily Mail and The Indian Express.)

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