Prince Philip Retires From Royal Duties With Queen Elizabeth II's "Full Support"

British Media reported earlier that senior aids were called upon overnight
By Lily Harrison May 04, 2017 9:14 AMTags

Earlier, the Daily Mail reported that Her Majesty's senior aides called for a household meeting. Servants from the royal homes across the U.K. were said to have been told to head to London.

And while meetings like Wednesday's aren't entirely unheard of, it appears that the nature of the timing lead many to speculate about what was going on behind closed doors.

"Although meetings involving the entire 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," a source told the Daily Mail.

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"But at the moment, only those closest to her genuinely know what on Earth this is all about."

Earlier Wednesday, both the Queen and her husband were seen in public. The 91-year-old Queen was photographed arriving at Buckingham Palace to meet with the British Prime Minister Theresa May, while Philip was seen attending an event honoring the new Warner Stand at Lord's Cricket Ground.

The Duke of Edinburgh quipped just before he pulled a cord to part a small curtain, "You're about to see the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler."

Amid a social media frenzy about the meeting, BBC's Peter Hunt reported that that there was "not cause for concern regarding the health of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip" despite increased speculation.

Philip, who turns 96 in June, carried out 110 days of engagements in 2016. He and Elizabeth will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in November.