British Royal Family Staff Called to London Meeting

UPDATE:

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has decided to leave public life later this year.

The entire Royal Staff was summoned to Buckingham Palace overnight for the announcement.

The highly unusual meeting immediately led to speculation of a health scare with the duke – or even the queen.

Sources say Philip, who turns 96 next month, will continue to attend previously-scheduled events through August, but will not accept new engagements.

Palace officials say the decision to retire was made by Philip himself, and supported by the queen.

The couple will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary later this year.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Multiple sources report that staff working for the British Royal Family have been summoned to a meeting in London.

The announcement has led to a flurry of speculation.

A Buckingham Palace official says, there is "no cause for concern."

These types of meetings are highly unusual, but they do take place a couple of times each year.

The meeting was called by the Lord Chamberlain, the most senior member of Queen Elizabeth II's household staff.

The Queen, who is 91, met with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the palace Wednesday after Parliament was dissolved in preparation for the June 8 general election.


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