Now we know why the Queen called an emergency meeting.
Prince Philip is to retire from all public royal duties at the age of 95 and the Queen has given him her 'full support' to step down, it was revealed today.
The 95-year-old Duke of Edinburgh's well-earned retirement this autumn was announced at a top secret emergency meeting called by Buckingham Palace today.
All staff from the royal household across Britain were called to London today, which caused fevered speculation around the world about the health of the Queen and her husband.
But it has emerged that Philip, Britain's longest serving consort in history has decided to end his formal royal duties having supported his wife in public for 70 years.
The Queen will continue her public engagements.