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Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip to retire from royal duties

LONDON: Britain's Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from public engagements later this year, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 96 on June 10, is the longest-serving consort in British history, and is still in good health. But he has been reducing his workload in recent years, and said in 2011 that "I reckon I've done my bit, so I want to enjoy myself a bit now". Philip conducted 219 royal engagements last year, and was in good form when he…

Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auction

LONDON: A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince Harry was constantly in trouble at school, went under the hammer on Thursday, selling for well above target prices. The six notes, sold at Cheffins auction house in Cambridge, were written to Cyril Dickman who served as chief steward of Buckingham Palace for over 50 years. Diana's sons Princes William and Harry feature prominently. One message dated Sept. 20, 1984, five days after Harry's birth,…

Britain plans £369 mn refit for Buckingham Palace

LONDON: Buckingham Palace is set to get a £369 million overhaul to replace leaky pipes and fire-risk cables under a taxpayer-funded plan unveiled on Friday that would see Queen Elizabeth II forced to move rooms. The works are to start next year and last until 2027 and will see solar panels installed on the roof of the palace as well as more space for public visits in its biggest refurbishment since World War II. The government is asking parliament to approve the £369 million funding (431-million euro, $458 million) by…