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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Phillip look at the assembled lawmakers after she read the Queen's Speech from the throne during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords in London, Wednesday, May, 18, 2016. The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen's Speech sets out the government's agenda for the coming session.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant Pool)

No, Prince Philip is not dead. He's just retiring from his royal duties.


Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will no longer be carrying out his royal duties according to a palace announcement this morning, reports the BBC

The decision was made by Prince Philip himself with the support of his wife, the queen. He turns 96 next month and will still attend previously scheduled events and engagements through August. 

The duke attended events on 110 days in 2016, which made him the fifth-busiest member of the royal family.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was extremely grateful to Prince Philip and that she wished him well.

"From his steadfast support for Her Majesty the Queen to his inspirational Duke of Edinburgh Awards and his patronage of hundreds of charities and good causes, his contribution to our United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the wider world will be of huge benefit to us all for years to come," said May. 

This is a welcome change in news given that British tabloid The Sun reported early this morning that the duke had actually passed away, reports The Independent.

The headline read, "Prince Philip dead at 95, how did the Duke of Edinburgh die, etc. etc."

The body of the article partially read, "Prince Philip, otherwise known as the Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II."

Many well wishes have poured in on Twitter for the duke. 

Many also understand Prince Philip's desire to take it a little easier these days.

Twitter wasn't having the Sunny Co. Clothing bathing suit photo. Not one bit.

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