The prince admitted struggling to carve out a role for himself as the queen’s consort.
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Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, joked Thursday about no longer being able to "stand up much" as Buckingham Palace announced he would retire later this year from active public life.At an engagement at St. James' Palace in central London with his wife Thursday, a guest told Prince Philip he was sorry to hear he was standing down.Prince Philip conducted 184 official appearances in the year to March 2016 and has racked up a total 22,191 solo engagements since 1952, official figures show.Outspoken, irascible and intensely private, Prince Philip, a Greek-born former naval officer, developed a reputation for brusque comments and occasional gaffes at some of the thousands of ceremonial events he has attended.Both the queen and Prince Philip have suffered some health issues in recent years.Such setbacks did not deter Prince Philip from his royal duties.
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