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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：52 更新时间：2017/5/10|
Britain woke up Thursday morning in the midst of feverish speculation over the health of Prince Philip.
Overnight, the hashtag #BuckinghamPalace and the topics "The Queen," "Prince Philip" and "Royal Family" were on top of UK's Twitter trends, with tens of thousands of people riffing on rumours that the husband of Queen Elizabeth II had died.
而《太阳报》直接在其网站上发表了“菲利普亲王去世”的简讯，题为“爱丁堡公爵菲利普亲王逝世，享年95岁。”（Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc etc）（该消息现已删除）
Prince Philip, 95-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, is to step down from public life, Buckingham Palace has announced.
The prince, who has been at the Queen's side for her 65-year reign, will stop accepting invitations for public engagements from September, the palace said.
"His Royal Highness 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 Buckingham Palace statement said.
In a statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May paid tribute to the prince, offering him the country's "deepest gratitude and good wishes" following the announcement.
It is over five years since Buckingham Palace announced that Philip would gradually "wind down" his workload, though he remained keen to perform many of his duties.
In 2016, he attended 200 events as he continued to represent the royal family with his own distinctive style.
Royal commentator Kate Williams described Philip's decision to step away from public life as "very sad."
"He's the longest-serving royal consort in our history," she told CNN from outside Buckingham Palace.
"It is very sad to see Prince Philip stepping down from royal engagements but I think we can all agree he deserves a rest.
The royal family says Philip will continue to be associated with more than 780 organizations.
In recent years, the burden of public engagements has increasingly fallen to younger members of the British royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to move back to London from Norfolk in eastern England later this year to carry out more duties. They will take up residence in Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana.
The Duke, Prince William, recently announced that he would leave up his job as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance service.
Harry has carried out a number of engagements on behalf of the queen and has visited countries on all seven continents.
All three are likely to step up their public appearances in the wake of the latest developments.
"Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."
"Aren't most of you descended from pirates?"
"You're too fat to be an astronaut."
"I wish he'd turn the microphone off."
"How many people have you knocked over this morning on that thing?"
"Are you asking me if the Queen is going to die?"
"When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife."
"If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."
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